Sister, can you spare a dime?
Are you a tightwad? Are you a spender?
Someone once said that if you want to see where your heart really is, look at the register in your checkbook. Look at the last ten entries of your checkbook. What is it that you are spending your money on? In what things do you place value?
Well, I actually did this and you know what? Out of my last ten entries, 5 of the ten were written out to Walmart.
Most of that was food. Because of living in a truck and having limited refrigerator and storage space we shop often. But still, half of our spending is done at the Walmart!
My daddy told me when we were first married that if our house payment or car payments were more than our tithes and offerings that we needed to rethink our choices. And I believe that he is right on that matter.
Yes, what you spend your money on is what you value.
The Bible says, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21 NASB)
While wondering in the desert and God gave instructions to Moses for the building of the tabernacle, the people were excited and eager to help. Listen:
Then Moses brought together these workers who were eager to work, and he gave them the gifts that the people of Israel had donated for building the place of worship. In fact, so much was being given each morning, that finally everyone stopped working and said, “Moses, there is already more than we need for what the Lord has assigned us to do.” So Moses sent word for the people to stop giving, and they did. But there was already more than enough to do what needed to be done. (Exodus 36:2-7 CEV)
They needed to be told to stop giving! They had brought too much. We like to criticize the grumbling Israelites but wouldn't it be great if we could match them in their eagerness to give to The Lord?
What if each of us brought so much time, effort and money to the service of The Lord that we had to be told to stop because it was too much.
Imagine the impact on the community and the world if Christians truly cared that much.