Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:14 NASB “What’s In Your Wallet?”
” . . . if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what [a person] has, not according to what he does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:14 NASB
Legalism is basically a short-cut to spirituality. The problem is that it doesn’t work. Spirituality is the result of a relationship with God. There are no short-cuts in relationships. Would you like your best friend or spouse to act like a robot to do whatever you wanted? There are robots today that will pretty much do that. Don’t you actually crave an actual relationship complete with devotional love?
So does God. So in 2Corinthians there are two full chapters devoted to giving. “Tithe” or ten percent giving is not mentioned even once. Giving is to be based on what a person has in their heart. The formula is “according to what [a person] has,” not according to “what he does not have.”
Jesus said it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). There is a popular commercial that says, “What’s in your wallet?” Perhaps we should ask, “What’s in your heart?”
Paul did not use modern hype or sensational appeals to pry people away from their money. He gave them a simple rule. Give to God according to what’s in your heart.
Giving doesn’t have to be money. You can do a random act of kindness for someone today and feel better about yourself.
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
There’s nothing wrong with giving your church ten per cent. If that’s what you’ve decided in your heart, you should do it (cf. 2 Cor. 9:7)! But it doesn’t have to be (cf. blog A Tithy Over Tithing). It should normally be given to the church on a Sunday (cf. 1 Cor. 16:2). It should normally be proportionate to how God has prospered you (cf. 1 Cor. 16:2 again).
How are you doing on your giving? What’s in your wallet?
The purpose of the Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength.
For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: The Meaning Of Life