I have been sharing about the structure, strategy, methods, and goals of the class I teach for 8 months each year to a group of about a dozen men. Leadership doesn’t mean power it means influence, other people’s lives change because of the influence of leaders. The ability to influence those around us comes in great part to the authority we have been given by God. When Jesus taught the crowds marveled because He didn’t teach as the Pharisees who used power and position to control and dominate, but He taught as one who had authority. All authority comes from God, and He gives it to those who have earned it. When we have God’s authority people want to follow us and to live the way we live. As I wrote earlier when you have God’s authority leadership is easy, and if you don’t have His authority leadership is impossible. So how does a person earn God’s authority? By being faithful. In Matthew 25:21 Jesus said to the servant He had entrusted responsibility to, “well done, good and faithful servant, you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things”.
The 5th discipline that I teach in the class is “Giving our money” to the work of God, to support our church, and to help others who are in need. I don’t emphasize “tithing” as the standard or goal in our giving, but I do emphasize systematic, based on previously thought out and made commitment, and sacrificial. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 the Apostle Paul gives instruction on giving, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
In Luke 16:10. Jesus teaches, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous money, who will entrust the true riches to you?” The “true riches” that Jesus is speaking of being put in charge of are people. God loves to give His authority to faithful people whom He can trust to use it wisely and well. Those who are faithful to the “basic disciplines of the Christian life” especially to the discipline of sacrificial giving of their money, those “who sow bountifully will also reap bountifully”.