by K Neill Foster
for January 16, 2018
|Sinners Follow Their Money|
Text: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" Luke 12:34.
One often hears this announcement in church these days, "If you are a visitor or this is the first time you have been with us in worship, please do not feel obligated to give when the offering place comes around." I take this typical announcement to be part of the "seeker sensitive" era.
But sometimes the modern pagan wants to give to the Lord's work before he is saved. In such a case, it may become a case of heart following money into the kingdom.
In Acts 10, Cornelius is portrayed as a godly pagan-- devout, God-fearing-- who gave generously to those in need. He also prayed regularly. He obviously found the gospel to be "seeker sensitive." Cornelius also was visited by an angel who told him his giving had come up as a memorial before the Lord-- all this in the life of a not-yet-saved seeker.
The angel made it clear-- go to Peter and he will deliver a message through which you and your household "will be saved" (Acts 11:14). Cornelius was getting prayers answered and God was honoring his giving before ever he was saved.
I believe that tells us that self-righteousness and good works won't do it. It also suggests that the man's giving was a sure indicator of the way his heart was going. Hence, when we discourage sinners from giving, we may be denying them the privilege of following their money with their hearts-- into the kingdom of God.