Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Storehouses: Where Are Yours?

Put simply, a storehouse is a place where you keep your goods until they are needed. Financially speaking, a storehouse is where you keep your money until it is needed. It may be:
  • Retirement accounts, IRAs, 401Ks, etc.
  • Savings accounts for specific projects
  • Reserve accounts for contingencies
  • Investment accounts
  • Cash for emergencies
  • Money set aside for giving (1 Corinthians 16:2)
How much should you set aside? Some Christians suggest the 10/10/80 rule: 10% for God, 10% for savings, 80% for meeting expenses. That may be difficult for some people. But anything is better than nothing, so begin somewhere. You already have some amount, however small, that you can use to start your storehouse. If you will be faithful to do that, and add to it regularly, God can cause it to multiply. Remember the widow with the cruse of oil in 2 Kings 4.

John Wesley, in his sermon on “The Use of Money,” made these three points:
  • Gain all you can.
  • Save all you can.
  • Give all you can.
God gives His people the ability to create wealth — gain all you can. God commands the blessing on us in our storehouses — save all you can. God’s desire is not only to bless us, but to bless others through us — give all you can.