If you live in the USA, you should be getting your stimulus check soon (if you haven’t already). What should you do with it? Scripture is informative:
- The checks are being given to households – that’s how taxes are filed. The head of the household has a responsibility (vocation/calling) to take care of the family. So first, make sure your family is taken care of. If you are out of work, or in some need, use this to fix it (as far as it is able).
- God gives us things in this world not only to support this body and life but also to help support the Gospel. I guarantee offerings at your local congregation are off. This isn’t a criticism – I’ve had people calling to ask where to send their offerings, even if they can’t come to church. The support I’ve received from members in the last few month has been amazing. Considering how many can actually get out to come to church, the offerings have been fantastic. But overall, the numbers are down. Everywhere. I know a lot of people who really wish they could come to church. This has helped a lot of us really appreciate church being such an easy thing to do for so many years. And I know that God will preserve his church. But, He does that by giving the people in the church the chance to show their appreciation for the Gospel by giving. If you have your family’s needs covered, think about an extra thank-offering to the church.
- If you aren’t hurting, some in your community are. They may be small business owners. They may be employees out of work. If you don’t know someone who is hurting, check with your pastor. And if you pastor checks in and you are in need, don’t be afraid to let him know. He may be able to help. If you can’t think of anyone who is in need, you can support a local small business. Or you reserve the money for later – someone will be in need soon enough.
The great thing about this method for the stimulus check is that it also gives a blueprint for any other money you may have. God gives us things in this world to (1) care for our immediate family, (2) support the Gospel (through the local congregation), and (3) help our neighbor in need.
When you start looking at your possessions in this way, you will become more content with what you have. And the older I get, the more I become convinced that contentment is one of the greatest gifts you can have. It’s also one the world doesn’t understand or seek. And it’s one of the reasons the world is so unhappy.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain!” 1 Tim 6:6