WEDNESDAY August 22, 2018
Do You Handle Money Well?
And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem. But if it is fitting that I go also,
they will go with me.
I Corinthians 16:3-4
Paul wanted to remain blameless. He did not want to handle any money. He had told the Corinthian believers of the financial needs in Jerusalem. They should assign a responsible person to carry the gift to the city, and Paul would go with them.
Paul was wise. Many people get themselves into financial trouble when they have no accountability. Pastor Chuck Smith always taught us to stay away from counting money in the Church. I know my spiritual gifts––they are to preach and teach God’s Word. Like Paul, I stay away from money to be blameless. Our main focus at CCGS is to give God’s Word out to the people.
Churches need to have a Board to hold them accountable and to make sure, financially, everything is in order. Then, if ever there is an accusation, a good paper trail has been kept to trace their finances. Many churches receive a black eye when audited by the IRS. Our church has certified CPA audits; they come once a year to check the books. They look at every receipt before giving us a final report.
Many churches place so much emphasis on giving money, when they should never beg for finances. We never want to get caught up in money issues. In fact, we have learned some amazing lessons as we continue to trust, believe and watch God provide.
What about your own personal finances; are you responsible and careful in your spending? One day we will have to give an account to God.
There are two ways in which a Christian may view his money — “‘How much of my money shall I use for God?’” or “‘How much of God's money shall I use for myself?’”
~W. Graham Scroggie~
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