Praise God for Everything

We’ve been reading through the Gospel of Mark with Lawson Youth with the help of the Bible app and the Foundations Mark reading plan. As we’ve read through it, I’ve noticed a couple of passages that talk about money and finances. As I personally thing about it, I have one simple question:
 

“are you honouring God with your finances?”

That’s it. Think about it honestly. In our current situation, many people will have their budget and bank account pushed to the limit in the very near future. This means that now more than ever we need to make sure we are honouring the Lord with our finances. 

There would be some that would answer that question with, “I don’t have enough money to donate any extra.” Donating is good, you can even donate online. But the question is not about donating. With all of your money that God is giving you, are you honouring him with it? 

In the book of Mark, the rich guy wasn’t willing to give up his financial security to follow Jesus. Jesus was asking a lot. But Jesus also gave up a lot on the cross.

““The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.””

Mark 12:29-31 NIV


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Switch it Up

After Christmas, my boys seem quite motivated to save up their money to buy a Nintendo Switch. Jari has been trying to do some extra chores and memorize a few extra Bible verses so he can save.
They’ve also been to a few birthday parties in which the birthday boys just ask for money consistent with their age. So turning 9 would equal $9 per friend X 10 friends = $90.
While we were walking to the bus stop today, we had quite the interesting conversation about potential birthday money and how it relates to our memory verse of the day.
 
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops” Proverbs 3:9
 
So we discussed, “If you received $90 from your birthday, how would we honour the Lord with our wealth?”
One response was, “If I have any money left over from buying the Switch, I could donate it to missions or the church.”
To which I responded, “But what’s the second part of the verse? It says, ‘first fruits.’ Think about that and we’ll talk later.”
We didn’t have time to finish the conversation, but I really look forward to discussing this more.
 
I’m thankful for this verse and the opportunity it opens for us to discuss our finances, giving generously and worshipping the Lord with all our heart.

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