It matters greatly how God’s resources are handled.
From 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 Paul covers important practical considerations that pertain to collecting offerings for God.
Perhaps the greatest verse among them is verse 21, “providing honourable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”
Money is to be collected honourably. It is to be collected with the knowledge that God is watching, as are men and women.
In these 9 verses, Paul is occupied with appointing honest servants who have a track record of diligence and honesty in their service of God. Some examples of how this integrity is to be expressed is:
- Giving and the collection of finances for church and ministry purposes should be done in accordance with Scripture
- Manipulation and unhealthy pressure should not be used to encourage people to give to God. (Paul did however use encouragement, influence and surprisingly, comparison, to encourage the Corinthians to give)
- Money should be given in accordance with local laws and government regulations
- Money should be used for the purpose people gave it for
- Records of giving and expenditure should be transparent for all givers to see.