Spiritual disciplines are habits that help us learn to live in sync with how God is working around us and in us. The more personal something is, the harder it often is to talk about. Money is extremely personal, so that’s why it is so hard to discuss. How we manage our resources has everything to do with how we are in step with God.
In Luke 10:27, Jesus is asked what is most important and He answers to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. He said this because whatever fills your heart, leads your life. If God is what is in your heart, that will guide your life. He has to be in your heart, not just in your head.
Luke 12:34 states that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. This refers to all earthly goods, including time, energy and money. Wherever your treasure is, there is your heart, and this will lead your life. We put our treasure into so many other things besides God, but God so wants to be the priority in our life. In Exodus 25:8-9, God says: Have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them. This was different because gods lived somewhere else and never among the people.
How were the people supposed to build this sanctuary? In Exodus 35:4-9, God commands that his people take up an offering of gold, silver, bronze, yarn, linen, goat and leather, wood, oil, spices and gems. This was only if the people are willing. Exodus 25:1-2 said that God will receive the offering from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. In Exodus 35: 20-21, everyone who was willing brought an offering. People gave their time and energy too. In verse 25, every skilled woman spun. In Exodus 36:8, skilled workers made the tabernacle.
Giving is more than just about stewardship; it is about your entire life. You have to choose where to put your time, energy and money. These are finite resources. We have to ask the question: what kind of person do I want to be? Then we can ask where we are putting our treasure and how we need to reorganize.