This week Justin touched on a sensitive subject for many people. Money. The money issue is a huge stumbling block. Even in the best of times money issues are contentious, but in these sometimes bleak economic times money issues become even more sensitive. Justin challenged us to look at our hearts and move towards living a low cholesterol rich life. One where we spend money on needs and concentrate the rest of our resources on giving to God and his people.
Serving and being faithful to God takes on a whole new meaning when we realize that he means our money as well. Sometimes it is really hard to see the money I make as God's. It seems like if I give to church, I am not going to have enough to live on. If I barely have enough for me to live on how can God expect me to give him any? Doesn't God want whats best for me? These are valid questions, but as I was thinking about this subject I Corinthians 10:13 came to mind.
"13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
God is not going to abandon us. He will not forget when we are faithful in living obedient lives. The temptation to live a high cholesterol rich life and hoard money is a very real and potent temptation. But be encouraged, God will provide, He is faithful and He will hold you up.