Tozer Devotional

Sun, May 06, 2018

If Church Treasurers were Ravens

Christ likened His followers to children and sheep and pointed to birds and lilies as having valuable lessons for us.

These four little creatures differ widely from each other, but have one thing in common: their complete freedom from worry. They have no financial troubles. They live spontaneously, simply, without strain, and God takes care of them. This is what our Lord wants us to learn to do as individual Christians, and the same spirit should characterize every church and every Christian institution of whatever sort it may be.

We in the churches seem unable to rise above the fiscal philosophy which rules the business world; so we introduce into our church finances the psychology of the great secular institutions so familiar to us all and judge a church by its financial report much as we judge a bank or a department store.

A look into history will quickly convince any interested person that the true church has almost always suffered more from prosperity than from poverty. Her times of greatest spiritual power have usually coincided with her periods of indigence and rejection; with wealth came weakness and backsliding. If this cannot be explained, neither apparently can it be escaped. People simply run true to their nature; and after all the church is composed of people.

Verse

Consider the ravens:They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Luke 12:24

Thought

What if church treasurers were ravens? Church financial affairs must be handled responsibly but how "responsibly" is defined is the issue. Vision, sensitivity to God's leading and trust in Him are among the elements that can make us "ravenlike."

Prayer

Lord, deliver us from trusting bank balances rather than You.

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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 3 - The Money Question Needs Prayerful Restudy--Part II

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