When my daughter wants something, she can come to me for money. If I turn to her and ask her for a bite of whatever she purchases and she doesn’t share – we talk. I explain that the money wasn’t hers in the first place. I gave it to her to use, I expect her to share, and not to hoard it. God doesn’t want us to have the poverty mentality.
A good principle to live by is to give 10%, save 10%, and use 80% to live. God’s principle is to give ten percent back to him and then watch him make the 90% stretch. We can go further with 90% and God’s blessing than we can with 100% without the blessing.
The Bible reads in 1 Timothy 6:10, for the love of money, is the root of all evil. Not money, the love of money. Success or failure is up to you. Honor God and God honors you. I open doors for my wife. Her arms are longer than mine, she could do it herself, but I honor her by opening doors. It honors God when we give him back ten percent of that for which he asks, but does not need.
Our society needs plastic surgery. We watch people around us living in false prosperity with a pile of debt behind the great curtain. If we continue to do what others do, we’ll continue to get what others get, and that would be further into debt. Buying things might feel good, but it feels even better to have available cash to offer to someone in need.
God, we’re turning this around. We know that if you can get money through us, you’ll get money to us. We choose to live with an open hand and to honor you. We know that in lean times and in mean times, we want the blessing from the Blessor so that we can be a blessing to others. Amen!