DAY 17: Set apart for God

Reading: Deuteronomy 14:22-29
‘set apart a tithe’ v22
Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.Eatthe tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to reverethe Lord your God always.But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away),then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose.Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. At the end of every …

DAY 16: Regular and proportional Giving

Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
‘On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income’ v2
Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

For Christians seeking to develop their discipleship, the act of
disciplined giving is part of our normal worshipping life. Paul instructs
all in the church in Corinth, regardless of their affluence to take part in
the regular and systematic setting aside of money for the work of God.
Many people are now paid on a monthly basis but the principle still
stands of setting aside a proportion of our income …

DAY 15: Trust God

Reading: Proverbs 3:5-12
‘Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops’ v9 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.[a]
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Honor the

DAY 14: One person’s small gift is everything they have

Reading: Mark 12:41-44
‘but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on.’ v44

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Size matters? Well no, it was not the size of the gift that was noted.
It was the totality of it. The widow gave everything she had. We will
often hear in church circles of the ‘widow’s mite’ meaning someone
who might be on a low income and can only afford to give a few
pounds. But Jesus was looking at the whole gift. If you read the
preceding paragraph it condemns the Pharisees who had seized the
houses belongin…

DAY 13: The love of money

Reading: 1 Timothy 6: 6-10, 17-19
‘the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith’ v10 (NRSV)
But godliness with contentment is great gain.For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.Those who want to get richfall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.In this way they will lay up treasure for themselve…

DAY 12: God loves a cheerful giver

Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

‘Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.’ v6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplyin…

DAY 11: What are you saving for?

Reading: Matthew 6: 19-24
‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ v21
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light.23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
This is a passage that is unambiguously about money. What’s the
point of saving up everything and not using it? It is prudent to save,
to invest and to prepare for…