Daily Dose – August 31

                “God does not need your money,” the senior pastor intoned during the October stewardship series, to which I wanted to say, “Great, then I’ll hold on to it, if you don't mind!” Giving, or generosity, is one of the toughest habits to develop. Why? In part, because greed is so easy. Attaching ourselves to material wealth gives us a sense of control and protection -- we trust in what we have. But the other reason people struggle to give is because they fail to see the rationale. If God does not need my money, why should I give? There are many reasons to give – to succor the needy, to shelter the homeless, to create places to gather and worship, even to maintain places of worship -- but the point of giving is meant to be a remedy to our attachment to and dependence on things of this world. As Rebecca DeYoung writes, “our acts of giving are meant to be part of a practice of habitual detachment that inscribes dependence on God in our hearts.” In other words, through the habit of giving, we learn to trust and rely on God for our needs and not on ourselves. A great way to “inscribe dependence of God in our hearts” is by tithing. If you do not currently tithe, commit to tithing for a month and see how God can use that to strengthen your trust in him. Wes Maston