NUM­BER 5.

Give to God and oth­ers.

Activated - - NEWS - Peter Am­s­ter­dam and his wife, Maria Fon­taine, are di­rec­tors of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional, a Chris­tian com­mu­nity of faith.

Giv­ing to God and oth­ers is part of liv­ing a healthy and blessed fi­nan­cial life. If you’re strug­gling fi­nan­cially right now or try­ing to save to buy a car or a house, build a re­tire­ment fund, or any­thing else, it might seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive to give part of your in­come to God’s work or to those in need. It’s nat­u­ral to think, I need that money! I can’t pos­si­bly af­ford to give any up.

Here are a few pas­sages of Scrip­ture that high­light the value of giv­ing to God and oth­ers:

Some­times you can be­come rich by be­ing gen­er­ous or poor by be­ing greedy.— Proverbs 11:24 CEV

Who­ever sows spar­ingly will also reap spar­ingly, and who­ever sows gen­er­ously will also reap gen­er­ously.— 2 Corinthi­ans 9:6 NIV

Give, and it will be given to you. … For with the same mea­sure that you use, it will be mea­sured back to you.— Luke 6:38

As Chris­tians, we are re­spon­si­ble to use our fi­nances in ways that glo­rify God. Giv­ing to God and oth­ers isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a per­sonal com­mit­ment be­tween you and God that in­vites His bless­ing into your life, bless­ings which of­ten come grad­u­ally yet un­de­ni­ably.

Most all of us have faced or will face times when we are in fi­nan­cial need. As Chris­tians, we are blessed to be able to bring our needs, wor­ries, and con­cerns to our heav­enly Fa­ther. He wants us to rely on Him in ev­ery area of our lives, in­clud­ing for our fi­nan­cial needs. But we have to do our part, by be­ing wise and care­ful stew­ards of our fi­nances and by bring­ing our needs to Him in prayer. As His chil­dren, we know that He loves us, cares for us, and has promised to pro­vide for us. “Seek the King­dom of God above all else, and live righ­teously, and he will give you ev­ery­thing you need.”

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