I rarely talk about money but today I feel the need to. The Bible says a lot about money and our finances. It tells us many things like the love of money is the root of all evil. It tells us how we are to use money. It also tells us that any money we have does not really belong to us. It belongs to the Lord and He so graciously gives it to us to meet our needs.
When Jesus was asked about paying taxes to Caesar, His reply was that we are to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. The coin that was held up for Jesus to see had Caesar's image on it, therefore give it to him. Jesus was speaking on a spiritual level about the things that we should give to God-- love, obedience, ourselves, etc.
Let's look at His words again. "Give to God what belongs to God". If all the gold in the hills, all the silver in the mines and all the money in the banks belong to God then we should be giving to Him what belongs to Him. In short, we should be giving "our" monies back to Him-- since it belongs to Him anyway. But He does make a requirement-- bring Him the tithes and offerings.
Some of you are struggling financially. Some of the reason you are is because you have been an "unwise" steward of the money you have. You have spent, spent, spent like it would last forever now it hasn't. I know people who make a good living but as soon as they get their pay check, they spend it on things that want. In a day or two they have no money and they are crying and stressing because the bills have to be paid. They are reaping the consequences of not managing it better. They misplaced their priority.
Back to giving God what is God's. I feel the need to talk about this because some of you aren't being wasteful but it just isn't going far enough to take care of all your needs. May I ask you? Are you giving to God what is God's? Are you obeying His command to bring your tithe to Him? Are you neglecting the tithes and offerings? Are you holding on to that little bit and expecting it to help you? If so, may I suggest that you start giving God what belongs to Him. Start obeying His word about the tithe. When you do, He will honor and bless you because you are honoring Him and His word.
Have a great day. All the money you have belongs to the Lord. Are you honoring Him by giving Him what is His?
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Coffee Break is a morning devotional written by Lorraine Ezell
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