Sunday, November 7, 2010

Money, moo-lah, dough, dinero, cash, greenbacks

I haven't written in a while, and now I have a bunch of things to post. So, one at a time! The following is a weekly letter from Rev. John Yates, pastor of my church (The Falls Church).

How can I learn to think like Jesus about my money?

I will see all I have and all I get as ultimately belonging to God. I see myself as responsible to use my money only as God would have me do. Before any purchase or expenditure I will ask, “Is this something that is pleasing to God?”

I will cultivate the habit of giving. I will organize my life and my finances so that I am giving to the church and to others in need, regularly and consistently and generously. I will aim to give away a tithe (10%) of all I get, and pray to give more.

I will think carefully and clearly about these things and make prayerful commitments that push me to give regularly, generously, proportionately, and sacrificially.

If my heart isn’t cheerful in this giving, if there is any begrudging in my spirit, I will ask God to show me the idolatry that is present in my life so that I can repent.

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