I am, by nature, a very thrifty person. Once my friends were ribbing me about my being cheap, and a family member piped up in my defense “He’s not cheap, he’s ergonomic”. While he may have been looking for a different word (economical?) I did appreciate his attempt.
#1 God owns everything; I’m His money manager. We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted–not given–to us.
#2 My heart always goes where I put God’s money. Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.
#3 Heaven—the New Earth, not the present one—is my home. We are citizens of “a better country–a heavenly one”. (Heb. 11:16)
#4 I should live today not for the dot, but for the line. (From the dot–our present life on earth–extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in Heaven.).
#5 Giving is the only antidote to materialism. Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts Him.
#6 God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. God gives us more money than we need so we can give—generously.
As I mentioned, giving generously does not always come naturally, but God has been changing me.
Matt. 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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Grace and peace