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  • Staci Sweet

Trying to Prostitute God

Today in service, Bishop Jakes taught a message entitled, Updated! While under the anointing, he said that we needed to sow into that anointing so that God could UPDATE our lives. When he said that, I knew I wasn’t supposed to give. Not because my graphic design business is having a slow month and not because Bishop was trying to hustle us, because he wasn't. I knew I wasn't supposed to give because he said this was a spiritual battle. Therefore I knew I needed to sow spiritually. As soon as I said that, it was as if God removed the scales and I was able to see how we mistakenly sow, thinking that our giving (i.e., money) is fighting the battle for us.

You see, for some, giving is easy. Most Christians can sow any amount, large or small, and it doesn’t mean anything. But David said, “…I will [not give]…to the Lord my God…that which costs me nothing.” (2 Sam 24:24). But again, most Christians don’t give that way. An example of giving that which costs can be found in Mark 12:41-44 which reads,

'…Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

- Mark 12:41-44

The reason her small offering was so significant was because she gave the money she needed for her bills. She gave the money she needed for her LIFE which meant her giving was an act of faith. Her life was LITERALLY in those mites. But most don't give that which COSTS them something. And don’t get me wrong. I am in no way implying that we have to give until it hurts. Not saying that at all. The point I’m trying to make, is that when we do give out of our livelihood, the faith and the spirit behind our giving isn't in the right place. That’s because our faith is in our money. We invariably believe that the money will fix our problem. And though we thought we released our faith into the anointing, what we were truly doing was throwing money at our problems. Throwing money at our wants. Throwing money at our needs. But what we didn’t realize is WHO we were throwing our money TO.

We ignorantly and willfully walked our offering down to the most sacred place in the church, the altar, and threw our money at God. It’s as if we're saying,

“Lord, I’m gone run You this $20 and I’mma see what You can do for me.” Or, “Lord, they said You can do such and such. I’ll give You $50 to do it for me.” Or worse, “Here Lord. Take this hot $100 and fix such and such for me!”<