The Spirit of Mammon
Generosity (4 of 4) There's something about generosity that creates a very sweet
fragrance. When people give and there's nothing in it for themse lves, they've just given
unexpectedly to you, then there's something sweet about it. Generosity usually exposes
greed. God is love and you can't love without giving. You can give without loving, but
you can't love without giving, so the greatest way we express the love of God to people
is when we can be generous and kind to them with no agenda. That's when people see
God, because that's what God is like.
Finance Seminar (Shane Willard 2011)
Shane Willard offers a unique Jewish/Hebraic perspective for Christians on Finance and
Giving. Shane is mentored by a pastor with rabbinical training, and teaches the context
of the Scriptures from a Hebraic perspective. This perspective helps people to see
God's Word in a completely new way and leads them into a more intimate relationship
with the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Finance (1 of 2) (Shane Willard) There’s a great cure for poverty, it’s called get a job,
work hard. God never set himself up as the cure for laziness, or the cure for stupid.
There is no supernatural, super-spiritual thing that over comes a lack of hard work or
laziness. We've got to be wise, which means staying out of debt, not putting money in
things going down in value, not trusting the government to do it for us, live on a budget,
take charge of your finances, show self-control! To know God, is to take care of the poor
and the afflicted. Tsedaqah (Hebrew) is introduced, equating Righteousness with
Finance (2 of 2) (Shane Willard) We're called to live on a circle in a square. A circle
inside of a square is 79%. The math from the commands matches the illustration from
agriculture. 2.5% is put in the hands of the Priest; then a tenth is given to the church;
and a tenth for yourself, in the form of savings, but one third of that is given to the poor.
He doesn't want you just to go to heaven one day, he wants you to bring heaven to
earth now. If your first fruits are in the right hands, your finances can't die. You sanctify
everything else in your life by honouring the lord with your first fruits.
James 1.26 If anyone considers himself religious and does yet not keep a tight rein on
his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that our God our
father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their
distress. The religion our father sees as pure is generosity.