According to the Huffington Post*, 75 percent of taxpayers get a refund, and the average amount is $3,000. The question is, “what to do with that?” We often think of it as “free money” that we may spend on anything. However, if all belongs to God, maybe we should reevaluate how we view that tax refund check. Let us examine a First Century example.
Acts 4:32-37 describes the early church and Joseph (later renamed Barnabas). They gave of their extra money outside of their regular income so fellow Christians had what they needed. They also ensured that the work of the church could continue. Acts 5 goes on to talk about Ananias and Sapphira. Peter said their money was theirs to do with as they pleased.
In light of that, no one is suggesting anyone has to give their tax refund to the Lord. Yet, can you think of a better way to invest it? Here are a few suggestions:
~Support a student or instructor at BVBID with a one time gift to the school.
~Support the building fund of the Conifer church of Christ.
~Support a missionary heading to the work, like the Kastners, who are headed to Africa.
~Donate to help cover the costs of the BVBID lectureship.
~Show your appreciation to the leadership and ministers of the congregation.
~Just put in the basket on Sunday, and allow it to be used where needed.
God says, “... test Me now in this ... if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows” (Mal. 3:8-10). Put Him to the test. Giving generously to Him is the greatest blessing of all!