“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Matthew 26:41 Jesus gives us a two-pronged approach to temptation—“watch and pray.” But what should you look for? The word “temptation” makes many people think about money, sex, and power. But as we follow the story, we will discover the...
“Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Deuteronomy 8:18
When you receive your paycheck, you are to remember that this is what God has given to you. In the Old Testament, God gave his people a wonderful way of remembering that. They brought a tenth of what God gave them and offered it to the Lord.
When God invited his people to gather for worship, he said—“Do not come empty handed” (16:16).
The problem with money is that however much God gives you, you never feel that is enough. Here’s a great way to make earning an act of worship and completely transform your view of money: Take a tenth of all that God has given you and put it into a separate account for giving. Put it there on a standing order. Use that account to give for the advance of his kingdom.
You will find it to be a source of great joy. Every dollar you give to God will be a reminder that God gave ten times that amount to you. It will alter your view of money, and it will foster a spirit of thanksgiving, and that is vital to your spiritual health.
Maybe you are thinking, I don’t like that prescription, but if that is what you feel, consider honestly whether you may not be showing signs of self-involvement: “me.”
Are you ready to turn your earning into an act of worship? How will you do it?