When it comes to money, most of us are quite secretive. We do not want people to know how much we earn, even though we are happy for them to know what we do, and we do not want people to know how much we give, although we are not usually hesitant to tell people what church we attend. Our money, like most people's religion, is regarded as a private matter. Contrariwise, few of us are reticent about a display of our wealth shown in the clothes we wear, the car we drive and the house we live in. Such is the nature of hypocrisy (Luke 16:14-15)! At the time of the offering in our church service we all say, "All that is in the heavens and the earth is yours, and of your own we give you." We are reminding ourselves that all our financial resources are not ours but God's, and the offering is the act of worship whereby we acknowledge that truth. A sacrificial offering is a discipline that affects our attitude towards money and reminds us to use it as God intends. Money is a small matter (Luke 16:10-11), but faithfulness in this matter mirrors our faithfulness in important matters (Luke 16:12-13).
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