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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S March 2022

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston

 

What does the Bible say about money? It may surprise you, but Jesus actually spoke more about money than about heaven. That’s because, as Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also” (Matthew 6:21). He added, “No one can serve two masters...You cannot serve both God and Money”. St Paul put it even more starkly, writing to Timothy, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil”
 
The Bible is completely consistent when it speaks about money and possessions. A right attitude to money and possessions is found, for example, in Psalm 24: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it”. When King David was raising funds to build the Temple in Jerusalem, he prayed, “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours”. In other words, everything we own comes from God and belongs to God and we are only entrusted with these things. Our human responsibility is proper care of what we have. This principle extends to creation itself. Campaigning against climate change and destruction of the environment is completely Biblical
 
One way the Bible teaches that we should acknowledge our dependence upon God is the principle of tithing, which is, giving back to God a minimum of ten per cent of everything we receive from him. Indeed, the prophet Malachi tells us that when we withhold our tithe, we are actually robbing God! (Malachi 3:8-11). But, as Malachi goes on to say, when we honour God in this way, “God will open the floodgates of heaven and pour abundant blessing on us”. Jesus re-enforced the principle that one cannot out-give God when he taught, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap” (Luke 6:38)
 
How then are we to give back to God? A succinct answer comes from the prophet Isaiah (chapter 58): the offering that God requires is “to loosen the chains of injustice, to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free...to share your food with the hungry, provide the poor with shelter and to clothe the naked”. We will then know the blessings of God (verses 6-9)
 

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published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 


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