When I Win The Lottery…

Gordon Venturella

“I will pay off the church debt.”
“I will buy the preacher a new house.”
“I’ll get that new bus for the youth.”

Other variations are “when I strike it rich,” or, “when this deal goes through.”

Sometimes the conversation shifts to the super wealthy. “I know so and so, and if they’d just turn loose of a few million dollars we’d have this project paid for.”

You get the idea.

Truth is, virtually every financial need in the Kingdom (including this Bible College) would be met if everyone gave what they could give today. Most churches would have more money than they need if those who give nothing, started giving something.

You remember the story about the huge, hungry crowd that followed Jesus? Philip uttered what has since echoed down many church halls, “It would take a small fortune… (John 6:7 TNLT).” At least Philip was right about the “small” part. Most of us would have dismissed the young boy’s paltry provisions with a “what good will that do?” Jesus taught us otherwise, give what you have - when you have it to give.

The apostle Paul carries this principle to a more practical level when he counsels, “If you are really eager to give, it isn’t important how much you are able to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you don’t have (2 Corinthians 8:12).”

The stewardship question is not “what good will my little bit do?” The stewardship perspective is not “I’ll wait until I can give more.” The stewardship attitude is never pronouncing what others could and should give.

Biblical stewardship is really fairly simple.
• Look at what you have, not at what you don’t have.
• Give what you can – when you can.
• Trust God to stretch your gift go further than you could ever imagine.

Now, put down that lottery ticket and pick up that checkbook.