One of the aspects of the human condition is that as a general rule everyone is a socialist until it’s about their own money. Those with “less” love to direct and tell those with “more” where their “more” should go. But when the same directive is thrust back in the face of the “less,” the coughing, running and excuse making begins in earnest.
By the way, I would identify as one of the “less.” Welcome to the club!
The struggle is simple and multifaceted at the same time. Everyone wants to enjoy the fruit of their labors without others hindering them by making their monetary decisions for them. That last sentence opens several proverbial cans of worms. Dump in talk of national economies, job creation and satisfaction, the discussion never ends well in a world divided by the activities of The Green Monster in the heart of mankind.
This is what makes the following even more remarkable. That American Christians would give fully 10% of their gross income plus offerings for a wide range of needs with a cheerful heart is nothing short of shocking. It is to visualize The Green Monster trapped in a cage, unable to find mastery over an individual. What is even more remarkable is when these tithes and offering are given by a group of people who have the very same needs as those whom the funds are directed toward, outside of a local church. This is a miracle that repeats itself over and over again. And yet even at this point, some of those with “less” outside the Church would like to dictate where those tithes and offerings go…
That’s the human condition for you.
Christian giving is counter-intuitive within socialistic and capitalistic cultures. The reason why is pretty simple. It is given within another economy – a supernatural one. Giving works in God’s economy. From Scripture, a Christ-follower does not give to get, but instead gives out of obedience. And yet time and again the faithful find their needs being met, often seeing the miraculous in the process.
The subject most spoken of in the New Testament is money, that Green Monster that lurks in the shadows, tempting us for control of our life situations. Jesus said,
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38 NLT
This life encouragement is a discussion starter to gain control over The Green Monster by elevating above the “less” and “more” battle into a new economy. And yes, personally my wife and I have found the Scripture to be true. While we give out of obedience, time and again we find our needs being met. And yes, we’ve become acquainted with the miraculous…
How big is The Green Monster in your life? Do you know others in your life that can help you transition from an earthly economy into a supernatural one? Who has control of our wallets? What greatness would be unleashed in your life should you step into a new economy? What are your financial goals for 2017, and what are you willing to do to reach those goals?