On Monday afternoon I was at a meeting with a few pastors and lay leaders at a local church.  One of the guys shared a story about a friend who had called him who was upset at his pastor’s message on tithing 10% to the local church.  The guy was giving 5% to his church, 5% to help widows, and 5% to help orphans.  He felt he was doing his part and more!I was at a church planter’s meeting Monday night.  Jim Akins, West Church’s executive pastor of church planting, shared with several businessman how several of the guys in the room had made personal financial sacrifices to plant a church.

Money.  That’s a touchy subject for a lot of people.

Paul wrote these words to Timothy: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:17-18).

A lot of people in America don’t think they are rich.  Compared to other nations, we’re filthy rich!  I think it’s time for those of us who call ourselves Christians to get a handle on our love for money.  We ought to do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous with our money.