“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

We live in a world where that old money monster can chew us up if we’re not careful. I mean, how big of a house is big enough? What kind of car is good enough? What kind of clothes for me or my kids?

If we care about spiritual things, we have to ask ourselves these questions. How much should I keep, and how much should I give?

I want to give you a threefold test to help you evaluate the demands upon your life and upon your resources.

  1. Anything that I give to, it must be initiated by the Lord. God blesses what God begins. All charitable giving in my estimation should be to advance the work of Jesus Christ!
  2. It must be redemptive in nature. God never supports a cause that does not fulfill His primary purpose, and His primary purpose is to seek and to save that which is lost!
  3. Always ask: Does this ministry exist to the glory of God rather than the glory of man? God is committed to one grand purpose: to glorify Himself through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will not share His glory with another!

Do you want to be miserable? Then be miserly and hoard for yourself the blessings of God. Do you want to be happy? Instead of a greedy getter, become a gracious giver. It is out of the generosity of the heart of God that we are caused to praise Him.

YOU ARE NEVER MORE LIKE CHRIST THAN WHEN YOU GIVE!