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God does not want our money!

Updated: Jul 12


By Dr. Bascom Ratliff, Pastor
Parker/Beagle/Fontana United Methodist Churches

I recently made a donation to a local charity and was rewarded about two weeks later with an emotional request from other charities for donations. Each had a legitimate need and made a sincere request for money to support their continuing service to God and the community. One notable charity made it quite clear that God fully expected me to send them cash right away. If I did send cash, God would reward me “tenfold.”

These requests for money got me thinking about God’s expectation and desire for us to send money in support of Godly causes. I may be a little defensive, but I do not believe that God just wants our money. After all, as the creator of all things, I think if he wanted valuables, he could simply create them (and yes, he did create all things). However, I believe that God wants a great deal from us. He wants us to share our resources and gifts with others. He wants us to love Him. He wants us to love others. He wants us to support worthy and godly causes.

My message this week is simply that God calls us to be worthy and diligent stewards of his gifts. We are to choose wisely how best to support his ministry. And our primary motivation for doing this is our love for God and others.

I believe that God’s bottom line is our requirement to use all of our resources and gifts to further strengthen his kingdom. It may seem a bit naïve and trite to suggest that we give our complete selves and everything else to God. However, it seems to me that God is calling us to do just that when he asks us to take up our cross and follow Jesus.

If you want to hear more about what God wants from us and his wonderful promise, come visit us at the Beagle, Kansas United Methodist Church this Sunday at 10 a.m. We’ll be sure to give you a warm welcome, a hot cup of coffee, and a front row seat.

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