Look up money articles or financial articles on almost any website and you are going to be told to save, save, save. At Church Extension Fund we encourage everyone from the earliest age through adulthood to put money aside for retirement and emergencies.
There are also many Bible verses about saving and the importance of saving as Christians and just as wise people. It is good to have money set aside for the future.
Jesus also talked a lot about money. In fact, he talked more about money than love or forgiveness. Why? Because what you do with your money reveals what is important to you. And when it comes to saving money, Jesus offers one idea that will forever change the way you think about your bank account and that is Jesus views giving as saving.
When most Christians create a budget, they have a space for giving and saving. These are two separate categories. When they think of saving money they think of saving money for a new house, an emergency fund, college tuition, a new car, or a dream vacation. But in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expands the concept of saving beyond these earthly things.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus encourages people to save for eternity. Most people think of saving money as just involving saving money for things in this life. But when you give to your local church, missionaries, or for the building of God’s kingdom you are actually saving your money in the best way possible. No matter how much money you save in your bank account, it will all disappear one day. But if you donate your money to build His kingdom the value of your money will never go away.
Jesus is challenging his people to rethink what saving means. Certainly, it’s still important to save money for a rainy day or future purchases. But start thinking of giving as an investment. You aren’t just investing in your future happiness or setting up your kids for a good life, you are investing in eternity. When you give you are putting your money into something that will never wear out or lose value.
Investing Money for Eternity
Every dollar that we give is giving to the church to build God’s Kingdom. And one day others will know Jesus as their personal Savior for all Eternity.