Our pastor has been doing a series of sermons from Proverbs. He has covered a number of topics- wisdom, marriage, and most recently money. Money is a hard issue to discuss. Brian and I are finding that as we seek wise council in regards to the handling of finances, we receive a myriad of answers. We have asked many people who we consider wise, maturing Christians and have received conflicting answers on the best way to honor God in the area of money.
As you know, we are in seminary right now. Brian is working part time and we are raising support to try to meet our financial needs. Questions that have crossed our lips this year include: how do you tithe while living on support? How do you tithe when your income doesn’t meet your basic needs? Is it wise to give while in debt? Should you tithe if it means going farther into debt? Is tithing limited to money or can it be giving of your time and other resources? We don’t have the answers to these questions.
One thing I appreciated in our pastor’s sermon a couple of weeks ago is the idea that everyone has different chores in the kingdom of God- so, the way we use what we have, the amount of resources we are given…will look different from one person to the next. We have to be cautious not to pass judgement on someone because of what they have… or because of what they don’t have.
Needs v Wants… What do we need…what do we want? Because of the situation we are in, the Dugdales are learning to live with what we need and not so much worry about what we want. Part of me wants to take pride in that fact… But I have ask myself how would I act if I had the money to indulge in what I want? Would I still pinch pennies and be frugal? I hope so.
Many people today wonder about the presence of supernatural activity in the Bible (angels and demons, spiritual warfare)… Does it still exist today or is that all a thing of the past? Friends of mine that are missionaries in developing countries would say yes as the have experienced that kind of thing first hand. So… Why not so much in America? We don’t need Satan to distract us from God… We do it to ourselves with all our stuff that we “need”.