When the church comes together each Lord’s Day, it is in part to give of our means as we have prospered to the Lord. This is not man’s money to do as he pleases but God’s money to do the Lord’s work. It is not for fancy buildings and comforts found in kings houses, but rather is the money to preach God’s Word and to help the needy saints. When we misappropriate funds from the contribution, we are not stealing from man but from God (Acts 5:1-10)
How much of the Lord’s money is being spent on carrying out God’s Word, and how much was spent for incidentals such as carpeting, padded pews, central air-conditioning, new song books, new drapes, maintaining our physical plant, etc.? Congregations often seem to be interested in building a cathedral in which to assemble, spending an absorbent amount of money which could have been best spent of the Lord’s Work.
On every hand we find need and opportunity to fulfill God’s law and its details, but we are overly occupied with our incidentals. Surely there are things the church needs to carry out the Lord’s Work, but is it to supersede the Work of God itself? No! Many churches are overly concerned with their own personal comforts and the impression their building makes in the community. We are commanded to take God’s Word to the world, not to bring the world to us by the use of expensive and elaborate buildings and events.
As Christians, we need to find out how the leaders of our congregation is spending the Lord’s money, and make sure it is not being spent unwisely. We are stewards of God’s possessions. “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall set over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath. But if that servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expects not, and in an hour when he knows not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful. And that servant, who knew his lord’s will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.” “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another’s who will give you that which is your own?” Brethren, are we using the Lord’s money wisely to do the Lord’s Will, or are we more concerned with satisfying our own will? Elders, spend God’s money wisely doing the work of God and not for the entertainment and pleasures of its members.