Kingdom Giving

“The world is not impressed when Christians get rich and say thanks to God.  They are impressed when God is so satisfying that we give our riches away for Christ’s sake and call it gain.”
– John Piper

One of our deepest motives for pursuing excellence in our portfolios is to create wealth for the Kingdom.  By doing this, we see money used as a tool in the spreading of the gospel and helping the widows, orphans and the poor.

Once you realize that genuine giving honors and pleases God, you can see money in its proper perspective.  

Remember the two rich men in Luke 18 and 19? The rich ruler in Luke 18:18-23 was looking for another commandment that he could keep to fulfill an obligation to God. When Jesus told him to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor, Jesus’ request was not primarily about giving, but about whom or what this man served and loved. So, when Jesus asked him to choose between God and his money, he chose what he truly loved and lived for – his money. The price was too high and he went away very sad.

In contrast to the rich ruler, we find Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. Here is another rich man, but when he meets Jesus, there is no contest this time between God and money.  Zacchaeus chooses God! He honors Jesus (God) before all by voluntarily giving half his wealth to the poor and making four-fold restitution to those he had cheated! Jesus gets excited about Zacchaeus’ response because it clearly demonstrated a changed life in submission to God. Zacchaeus honored God in his giving and in the amount he gave.

In the last example, there was no legalistic approach to an amount that had to be given.  It was a voluntary act of worship…and it pleased and honored God.

2 Corinthians 9:7 “God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.”
Matthew 6:21 – “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Proverbs 4:23 - from the heart flow the issues or springs of life (i.e., our thoughts and actions