Philippians 4:15 (NLT) As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.
Every time you give generously to your church, it reveals that you understand what matters most.
In Philippians 1:10 Paul says: “I want you to understand what really matters…”
Paul lived a life of privilege and position as a Pharisee. He was influential and wealthy yet after receiving Christ he realized that you could have everything in this world, but it would be meaningless. Having Christ and eternal life is everything. And what impressed Paul so much about the Philippian church was how quick they were to support the gospel financially.
How you use your money reveals what matters the most to you. And if the good news about Christ matters most to you, that will be seen through you generously sowing into your church.
The secular world’s god is money and therefore is very antagonistic towards giving into Christ’s church. Jesus said whatever you treasure is where your heart is, revealing ‘money’ is the god of this world, and you cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:21,24). Jesus went on to describe the root cause of becoming enslaved to money – it’s greed.
In Luke 12:15 Jesus says “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; because life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
There is more than one kind of greed, in fact, there are four types of greed:
1. Hoarders – those who obsessively save every month and cannot be generous become they need to save enough for their retirement. Hoarders never put their trust in God and His promise to provide, they look solely to their savings.
2. Over-spenders – These people confuse needs and wants and spend more than their incomes permit. Not only do they accumulate possessions but an accumulation of debt. They spend their whole lives living only to repay debt.
3. Covetous – This form of greed feeds one’s competitive sense to have the style and status of others. Coveting is driven by pride, ego, and envy.
4. Entitlement – A misplaced belief that the world or others owe you something so you feel it is your right to have it. Entitlement blinds you to gratitude.
There is only one way to inoculate yourself against greed – it’s generosity. And that’s why the Bible talks more about generosity than any other virtue because greed is as deceptive as the devil himself.
What matters most to God is the salvation of humanity and whatever points people toward this one eternal desire of God. That’s why I direct so much of my generosity in my time, my talents and my treasure, towards the church because it exists for one purpose – to reach out to the spiritually blind, the lost and those who are empty of God and to fill them with His life that comes through Christ.