by Jac La Tour

I recently had one of those “a-ha” moments. It happens every now and again. I’m going through life, minding my own business, and the power of a simple idea drastically changes the way I think about my behavior.

This time, the moment was inspired by—of all things—a piggy-bank. But not just any piggy-bank, a new kind called a Moonjar. It’s designed to help kids shoot for the moon, financially speaking, and learn to manage their money at a young age.

The Moonjar doesn’t have one slot like a traditional piggy-bank, it has three: spend, save, and share. I love this jar because it reminds me that we need to be intentional about sharing, and that we may even need to prioritize it over other important financial goals.  Sharing shouldn’t come from our left-overs, but through sacrifice and from our hearts.

When I think about my own finances—especially tithing and spontaneous gifts to others—I can measure the eternal value by taking a look at the portion I chose to share. Which made me wonder: Can this concept be applied to the corporate body of Christ as well?

One church has certainly found a way. The leadership team at Friends Community Church in Brea, CA began looking for ways to “share” early in their church planting process. Two months before they opened their doors for worship services, donations were directed to their first missionary. Since then, the church has devoted a regular “tithe” to missions work across the globe as a way of sharing the blessings God has given them. With intentionality and conviction, Friends Community Church supports the work of God—not just within their walls but in remote and impoverished nations as well.

Monetary impact is not made by spending or hording the blessings God has given us—he has entrusted us with the blessing so that we may share it.

Does your ministry practice spending, saving, and sharing? In what ways do you share your financial blessings?

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