It is that time of year again — when we work on CMM’s budget for next year. It is my hope that the budget will somehow honour God’s dream and answer God’s prayer for the people of this city.
I remember being taught that if you want to really see what a congregation believes in — just ask to see the church financials. We know that this is also true for individuals — maybe this is why we are so secretive about money matters. Somehow we know that what we do with our money reveals the heart of our heart. Money matters expose us and reveal us for who we truly are and not just who we say we are. Jesus knew this to be true — he said: “Wherever you treasure it — your heart is there also.” Money is like a GPS that automatically points out the location of our heart.
Join me in praying that in our budget planning for 2012 we allocate CMM’s money to draw us and others closer to God’s heart! God’s dream and prayer is always about the vulnerable being cared for — the captives being released and the poor receiving good news, and so our budget should have this focus too.
It is also a good time for us to reflect on what our personal money matters say about the positioning of our hearts. May God give us hearts that are grateful (and not resentful) for every opportunity to be generous in this life.