Committed to Giving – Thursday

“Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven,
where moth and rust don’t eat them
and where thieves don’t break in and steal them.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
(Matthew 6:20‑21)

Jesus tells us that we should “collect treasures…in heaven.” We should put our resources toward the eternal. While we should be wise in how we steward our finances today, our ultimate hope is in God.

The hope of Christians is that this life is not all there is, and that though our mortal bodies will one day expire, there will come a day when we will be raised with Christ, clothed in immortality.

Invest in the eternal. Be a good steward of your life, and take the material resources that God gives you and use them in service of the Kingdom. As it is written in Colossians 3, “Set your heart on things above.” When you do so, financial generosity will be a natural outcome, for we worship a God who is generous. If you struggle with the discipline of giving, think deeply concerning how much God in Christ has given for you. God’s action in Christ will melt your heart.

Gracious God, may my financial gifts be given with joy as a blessing to you and to my neighbor that is in need. Amen.

From Committed to Christ: Tweets, Posts, and Prayers by Ben Simpson, Copyright © 2012 by Abingdon Press. Used by permission.

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