God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
I believe that the worship of God is first spiritual before it is physical, and to worship God with our substance is first a spiritual exercise before it is physical.
That is, when we give to God, that’s exactly what it is – giving to God.
It is not our place to monitor the movement of what we’ve already given to God; it is no longer ours, and God is able to keep what belongs to Him.
But there are those who have turned out to be (or have appointed themselves) watchdogs, making it their duty to track every dime given as tithes and offerings in Church. True story.
Some people go as far as requesting statements from church bankers. They monitor the offerings taken in church services and try to come up with estimates. If their estimates do not tally with bank statements, they huff and puff and threaten to call down fire from heaven.
Brethren, these things ought not to be so!
On the flip side, we’ve also heard of preachers going to fraudulently inquire about the bank balances of church members, then they come to church and name these amounts as prophecy. And then they demand money from these members.
Again, brethren, these things ought not to be so!
The world is watching.
I’ve heard of a retired bank manager who still finds it hard to commit fully to God because of the attitudes of Christians with regards to monies belonging to the church (and her members).
We need to get our house in order, remembering that God is sovereign. He is to be revered, and worshipped in spirit and in truth – even with our substances.
After we have given to God, let us allow Him to direct the administration of our gifts.
As for those who steal from Him… let us pray for them, because, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
When we let God direct the administration of our gifts, we come into a place of experiencing His provision in ways we cannot explain.
One time, a preacher put up a chart to track monies they received and what they gave as a church as helps. They found out they couldn’t explain where the monies were coming from. The more they gave, the more they had to give. They just could not outgive God! Literally!
People they didn’t know were showing up with money they didn’t ask for. And they would leave just as mysteriously as they had come.
Eventually, the self appointed watchdogs in that fellowship stopped huffing and puffing and threatening.
What’s more, God did not only prosper them as a church, but also individually.
Personally, I’ve tried this same thing, and I’ve found it to be true – you simply cannot outgive God.
The Church – the body of Christ belongs to God. Let us let Him guide us, and move in the way He wants to.
Church administration is first spiritual before it is physical. When done right, it could be part of our worship, and could usher us into a season of awakening and revival because then we’d be letting God take His place and truly be the head of the Church.
Let us take our eyes off the money and quit following it.
Do your diligence and ascertain that you’re truly giving to God, and not just to some preacher whipping up sentiments and emotions.
After you’re at peace with your giving, pray that the leadership would be led by God in administering the gifts God’s children have given to their Father.
Then take your eyes off the money, and don’t follow it!
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10.
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