The first century money changers were in the temple, but they didn’t have the spirit of the temple… They were out of sync with the whole purpose of the Lord’s house. “The atmosphere of my Father’s house,” Jesus seemed to say, “is to be prayer. The aroma around my Father must be that of people opening their hearts in worship and supplication. This is not a place to make a buck. This is a house for calling on the Lord.
And each one should confidently make known his need to the other, so that he might find what he needs and minister it to him.
If your faith does not affect your use of money, then your faith is a charade.
God doesn’t make us rich so we can indulge ourselves and spoil our children, or so we can insulate ourselves form needing God’s provision. God gives us abundant material blessing so that we can give it away, and give it generously.
Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.
Money will buy a bed but not sleep, books but not brains, food but not appetite, finery but not beauty, medicine but not health, luxury but not culture, amusement but not happiness, a crucifix but not a Saviour, a temple of religion but not heaven.
He who has God and many other things has no more than he who has God alone.
I am as careful about investing God’s money in a place where it will bring spiritual profits as I am in my own business investments. I feel worse about a bad investment made with God’s money than my own. God will hold us responsible if we do not give or if we give prayerlessly.
Not how much of my money will I give to God, but how much of His money will I keep for myself.
When we place our contribution in the collection plate, we are not giving to the Lord; we are just taking our hands off that which belongs to Him.