Dear Pastor Whoever….
Lord Jesus taught us, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Money is, to most of us, a very real treasure. We pine for it, sweat to earn it, use it to survive life. Whoever gets a chunk of that income, that treasure, gets a chunk of our heart.
When a christian gives as Christ’s Representative (the Holy Spirit)so directs, he/she is actually giving to Jesus. As Jesus accepts their treasure, He is also capturing, more fully, their heart…. their attention,their loyalty, their affection. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Giving to Lord Jesus every day, nickels or dollars, is daily fortifying our relationship. And that’s good. That’s very good.
But evangelicals do not give as Christ’s Representative directs. The most Holy Spirit has a potent competitor, none other than you, Pastor Whoever
Every sunday you collect a portion of the congregation’s income,prodding them to donate 10% of their income. By capturing a sizable portion of their treasure – almost the entirety of their givings – you are capturing their heart…. their attention, their loyalty, their affection.
You really are in a predicament. Subjection to your denominational superiors have placed you in opposition with the very One to whom you must give an account. (“For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ.”)
May our Lord Jesus give you wisdom…. and courage…. and strength.