Dear Pastor Whoever….
Lord Jesus taught us, “Where your treasure is, there your heart willbe also.” Money is, to most of us, a very real treasure. We pine forit, sweat to earn it, use it to survive life. Whoever gets a chunk ofthat 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 theirtreasure, He is also capturing, more fully, their heart…. their attention,their loyalty, their affection. “Where your treasure is, there your heartwill be also.” Giving to Lord Jesus every day, nickels or dollars, isdaily fortifying our relationship. And that’s good. That’s very good.
But evangelicals do not give as Christ’s Representative directs. Themost Holy Spirit has a potent competitor, none other than you, PastorWhoever.
Every sunday you collect a portion of the congregation’s income,prodding them to donate 10% of their income. By capturing a sizableportion of their treasure – almost the entirety of their givings – youare capturing their heart…. their attention, their loyalty, their affection.
You really are in a predicament. Subjection to your denominationalsuperiors have placed you in opposition with the very One to whomyou must give an account. (“For we must all appear before thejudgement seat of Christ.”)
May our Lord Jesus give you wisdom…. and courage…. and strength.