Effective Stewardship – Month #13
Money is a means to the greater end of glorifying God
as we demonstrate practical Christianity in our lives.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).
We’ve all heard the expression, “Money talks.”
That’s true. Money does talk. Oh, not in words or phrases that constitute a language, but money talks.
Because it is valuable to us, how we use it communicates volumes to those about us. People tend to spend their money on things that are important to them. With the exception perhaps of taxes, all of us vote with the contents of our purses, wallets and checkbooks concerning what means the most to us.
In fact, we could even go so far as to say that a person who does not spend money on something which is supposedly very important in his or her life really does not place much value on that item or activity.
Suppose for a moment that you think “little league” baseball for kids is very important. You talk about it wherever you go. You attend the games. You enroll your own children in the program. But when someone calls you to ask you to be a sponsor of a team, or when someone “passes the hat” at a game to pay for equipment, you refuse to participate.
Would you not agree that an impartial observer of such behavior would conclude correctly that little league baseball really does not mean much to you? Your lack of financial support would outweigh the other positive aspects of your attendance, enthusiasm and participation.
The same thing is true in the spiritual realm. It is one thing to talk about Christianity. It is yet another to demonstrate our faith by how we use the money which God has entrusted to us. And that is especially true in our support of the ministry of Central United Methodist Church. As someone said recently in one church just before the offering was received, “Lord, in spite of all we say and do, this is what we think of you.”
Or as the Lord Jesus put it, “ . . . let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).