by Dr. Charles Stanley
God's Master Financial Plan
The world's system of financial accumulation is contrary to the Lord's plan. Our society tells us to gather as much money as possible and hold on. We do our best to amass wealth like a reservoir, hoping this will bring us security for the future. Unfortunately, a plan based on hoarding serves only the best interest and self-ambition of the collector.
Conversely, God's design is for believers to give. He desires to bless His children so that they, in turn, can be a channel of blessing to others. While we all have our own needs and desires, accomplishing the Lord's work in the world is to be our chief concern.
The initial investment in God's financial plan was a tithe. The Lord instructed His children to bring a tenth of their income into the storehouse (Malachi 3:10). For believers who have never followed this practice, such giving is quite likely to seem impossible, particularly if they are living from paycheck to paycheck. But God's economy allows nine-tenths dedicated to Him to go farther than ten-tenths in our own hands.
Security appears to lie in the world's system, but we must remember that our only genuine confidence is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. What do we have that He hasn't provided? We need not fear loss because with the Lord's plan comes His personal management of our finances and our life. Our sense of satisfaction and joy are heightened by the experience of giving, and our faith grows as we see God's provision for others and ourselves.