Trust God to Provide

How much do you trust God? Have you evaluated your actions to help answer that question? Are you willing to depend on God to provide each meal you eat? Or do you store up for tomorrow?

Our American culture has become a culture of hoarding. Think not? Many of our households have enough food on the shelves to feed ourselves for a couple weeks or more. We have enough clothing to wear a different outfit every day for a month.

Let’s ask another question. How much of what we have are we willing to give away? Only 5% of churchgoers tithe. If every Christian gave 10%, churches nationwide would be given $139 billion per year.

Our churches are shrinking, due in part to a lack of resources. It isn’t all about the money, but it takes money to hire human resources to do the work that needs to be done. Volunteers working a couple hours per week is barely enough to hang on.

When we trust God to provide for our every personal need, we can then donate more to God’s work. Some have argued that we are not required to give ten percent. We can argue the Old Testament doesn’t apply, but it is obvious Jesus thought it did. God still wants our first fruits. He still wants our best effort. Does He require it? No. Neither do parents require their kids to give them birthday presents, but they love receiving them.

I pray we all reevaluate how much we trust God. I pray we take a hard look at what we are giving to the church. I pray each one of us will give of our time, skills, talents, and money to carry out God’s work. Use your blessings wisely. Use your blessings to serve others. Give back to God. Give to his church. Please God with your gifts.

2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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