Tozer Devotional

Sat, May 05, 2018

Big Giver Favoritism

It is an ominous thing in any church when the treasurer begins to exercise power. Since he may be presumed to be a man of God he should have a place equal to that of any other member, and if he is a man of gifts and virtues he will naturally have certain influences among the brethren. This is right and normal as long as he exercises his influences as a man of God and not as a treasurer. The moment he becomes important because he is treasurer, the Spirit will be grieved and His manifestations will begin to diminish. Then will follow coldness and spiritual sterility which we will try desperately to cure by wild appeals to God for revival. That the revival never comes is due altogether to the fact that we are violating the laws of God and forcing the Spirit to withdraw His power from us.

Again, it is a sign and a portent when a member is cultivated for his generosity and given a place of eminence in the church out of proportion to his spiritual gifts and graces. To court a Christian for his financial contributions is as evil a thing as to marry a man for his money. To flatter a man for any reason whatever is to degrade ourselves and imperil his soul. To flatter a man because he is a heavy giver is to offer him a concealed affront as well, for back of the purring and the smirking is the hidden opinion that the man's money is more important than the man and more to be esteemed.

The Bible has much to say about money and its place in the work and worship of the church. It is possible to bring our thinking and practice into accord with the will of God in this matter as in all others.

Verse

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. James 2:1

Thought

A strong tendency in the local church is for leaders to show favoritism to those who are big givers financially. Their opinions and desires are often highly influential because of their financial clout. Large givers can be a burden to the the local church rather than a blessing.

Prayer

Lord, help me to keep low profile in giving—to give generously as You enable but inconspicuously, refusing favoritism.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 2 - The Money Question Needs Prayerful Restudy—Part I

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