Sacrificial Generosity

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Money Leads – Hearts Follow

by
Scott Benson

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ At this the man's face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’” — Mark 10:21-23
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:21

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” — Matthew 6:24

Jesus clearly understood the alluring power of money. It was an ongoing topic in His teaching as He knew how easily money could undermine our love for God and our desire to serve Him. He also never seemed to hesitate in challenging people to sell everything if they wanted to find true treasure. And when it came to the possibility of serving two masters — God and money — Jesus emphatically declared that it was either one or the other, but never both! But perhaps His most intriguing statement about money’s persuasive power was His insight into how our heart follows the lead of our money (Matthew 6:21). Randy Alcorn comments:

Christ's words were direct and profound. What we do with our possessions is a sure indicator of what's in our hearts.... What we do with our money doesn’t lie. It’s a bold statement to God of what we truly value. But what we do with their money doesn't simply indicate where our heart is. According to Jesus, it determines where our heart goes.... If I want my heart to be in one particular place and not in another, then I need to put my money in that place and not in the other.… Do you wish you had a greater heart for the poor and lost? Then give your money to help the poor and reach the lost.… Your heart will always be where your money is and not where your money isn’t.… Put your resources, your assets, your money and possessions, your time and talents and energies into the things of God. As surely as the compass needle follows north, your heart will follow your treasure. Money leads; Hearts follow. (Randy Alcorn, Money, Possessions, and Eternity, p. 101)

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. If you tracked your expenses for one month, what would they tell you about what you value?
  2. Have you ever invested in something and then observed how you became more passionate about that particular thing? 
  3. Have you ever increased your financial support of a ministry, only to feel more vitally connected to it? 
  4. Is there a particular ministry initiative in which you’d like for your heart to grow? 
  5. How could investing your talents, energies, prayers, and money contribute to fostering your intentional interest in that ministry?

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

Matthew 6:19-24
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