Each candidate, as different as they were, had a similar theme running throughout their speeches to the American voters. Each one spoke of what could be done for you and your future. Each one spoke of how your life and this country could be better off with them in office. Each one spoke of how other candidates are the problem and how their particular plans/policies are the solution.
For us, as followers and servants of Jesus Christ, wherever you stand politically, one thing can certainly be said of each candidate. It is that none of them are our source or our hope, but rather, God, who is both our source, and our provider (Deut. 8:18). He makes it clear that whatever we receive in this life is not simply for us, but also for His purposes of furthering His work on the earth (1 Peter 4:10).
Hoarding, selfishly keeping and fearfully guarding our money is part of the spirit of this age, but it is not the spirit of our Creator (Romans 8:32). We, like our Savior are made in the image of God and we are created to model Jesus and be generous givers. Generous givers who are conduits of His grace, His blessings, His life and the resources He provides. Generous givers who understand we are sowers not hoarders. Generous givers who understand He is our provider and that His provision is meant to flow through us, not stop with us. The Apostle Paul said,
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” – 2 Corinthians 9:10
He shows us that it is not simply “bread for food” that God provides, but also “seed to be sown.” He promises to multiply our seed “for sowing”, not simply eating. The Kingdom of God is furthered through God’s people who sow generously. As Believers, we have a powerful platform through the stewardship of our finances.
Our government and those who do not know or serve Christ, will not prioritize the Kingdom of God with their finances. No candidate preaches that the lost should be saved, filled with the Spirit, disciples made, nor Christ-like leaders raised and released into a dark world to bring light and hope. No candidate will preach the Word of God, nor that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. All these things are what you, I and the local church can do. Candidates will always prioritize their particular agendas, but God’s people will always have the responsibility and the opportunity of furthering the agenda of Heaven.
Christians have a platform through the stewardship of their finances, to bring impact, influence and change that reaches generations and transforms eternity. Fearful hoarding doesn’t look good on God’s people. Neither does it change a thing in this world. Let’s live generously.
Daniel Villarreal Jr.
(Inspired by our latest series at Grace Avenue Church called “In God We Trust.”)