Achieving Balance in Financial Faithfulness by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, August 31, 2018

Theme: Financial Faithfulness

Topic: Achieving Balance in  Financial Faithfulness

Scripture Reading:
Mark 7:9-13; Mark 12:13-17

Main Text
Mark 12:17
And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.

The key to being edified by every spiritual activity is balance. The teachings on the Holy Ghost, miracles, holiness, heaven and family life all require balance. Any Christian endeavour which lacks balance is likely to be destructive. Jesus Christ approached the subject of finances in a balanced manner (Luke 21:1-4).

The balance lies in the fact that firstly, our giving alone does not justify us before God – we are saved and justified by grace. Secondly, giving is not enough to please God without the other things the Pharisee mentioned (Luke 18:11-12). Some think they can buy God’s favour with money even if they don’t live right.

Those who pay tithe to God, must also give to the poor and honour their parents with gifts (Mark 7:9-13). We should not leave people to suffer while we pretend to be giving to God. This is balance. Jesus Christ condemned the act of people giving to God while they deny their parents the honour due them. Another important aspect of balance is giving God what He deserves. We cannot insist on giving people what they deserve and deny God what is His (Mark 12:17).

Prayer:
1. Pray and ask God to have mercy on you, if you have financially neglected family in the name of giving to God.
2. Pray also that the Holy Ghost will give you the wisdom to be balanced in your financial faithfulness.

Extract From:
“I Don’t Believe In Tithing; 10%, To Pay or Not to Pay” by Eastwood Anaba
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