By: Barry G. Allen- President & CEO
There was an organization called More Than Money. Its membership was comprised of people dedicated to the advocacy of philanthropy. They wanted to make certain those who are busy accumulating all the things money can buy do not miss out on the real joy of what money will support. The More Than Money members claimed life was about giving, not accumulating. They assisted the top five percent of the nation’s “net worthers” to take leadership, earn, give and leave a legacy.
The chair of this fascinating organization with its headquarters in Nashville was Ruth Ann Harnisch. In a previous publication of Contributions, she was portrayed as driven, compulsive with the desire to encourage men and women to philanthropy now. She wanted to help them start letting loose of their money, now, not later. She herself had millions. As far as she was concerned, she was committed to giving it all away. She loved calling on people for gifts for various causes, and she made no judgment on who should give and how much. She called herself a donor activist who gave people the opportunity to invest in growth, spirit and a great cause. Her job was not to extract money from people by force. She would tell them if they were not thrilled to make the gift, do not do it. What she wanted was thrillionaires!
In 2 Corinthians 9:7 the apostle Paul reminded us of this, “each should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” If you are not already a thrillionaire, there is something missing in your spiritual relationship to Christ that needs immediate attention. Let me give you some biblical examples of thrillionaires. Consider the widow on a fixed income in Mark 12:41-44. What about Zacchaeus, a hard-nosed businessman, in Luke 19:1-10? Consider the single woman in Mark 14:1-9 and Barnabas who gave with no strings attached in Acts 4:36-37. How about the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 who gave out of their extreme poverty? Of course, Jesus stands as the supreme example and motivation for giving in 2 Corinthians 8:9.
Experience God’s love, be a thrillionaire!
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