In my years at church I’ve heard money taught on mostly as a mathematical formula.
God gives you X. Multiply X times .1 and that’s how much you give to the church.
Does that seem cold to anyone else?
I’ve been going through a series on money for the Legacy Kids. Instead of starting with formulas or even verses on finances, I started with John 3:16. We spent an entire class dissecting every aspect of that verse.
Because love is the key to being successful in God’s eyes when it comes to money. Our giving of money to the church and to others should start and end with our love of God.
I emphasized to the kids that God wants our heart. He doesn’t need our money but he also knows it’s a sign of what’s important to us.
It shows our love. Love is the only thing I’ve found that will overpower greed. I want a new car right now. But I love not having a car payment. I also love being far enough out of debt that I can help others. That love overcomes my greedy nature that would rather spend $500 on a new car.
I think the church as a whole doesn’t talk enough about money because they are scared to come across wrong. This time I really felt like God was showing me a way to approach money that had very little to do with money.