Complete this sentence: “If I won the lottery, I would……”
Most people have a “wish list.” Pay off the mortgage. Get a new car. Invest in stocks. Others may have more philanthropic goals. Sponsor an orphan. Support a worthy cause. Build a church.
There is no question that money has power to make things happen. A sudden windfall can change a person’s life, and potentially the lives of many others. But should we wait for that financial miracle before we do something significant with our money?
Jesus urged His followers to “lay up treasures in heaven.” To invest in that which would have eternal dividends. To give in a way that would make a difference in someone’s life now, and for eternity.
The rich ruler who came to Jesus could have used his resources to alleviate poverty and change many lives, but he chose not to do so. He walked away sad—and spiritually bankrupt. Yet a poor widow received divine commendation when she gave just two coins — all that she had — to the temple treasury. Giving is a matter of the heart.
What would you give to God if resources were unlimited? Why not start now? God calls us to give according to what we have, not what we wish we had. What’s in your wallet?
I will set a new goal for giving to build God’s Kingdom, starting this week.