For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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II Corinthians 8:16-24
But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
We can take from this how important it is to not only be fiscally sound before God but also before men. We are to be above reproach. There is no harm in giving account of how we handle the finances dedicated to the Lord. It would , in fact, put to rest the judging and finger-pointing of suspicious men. God knows what is done and he is the final judge but Paul wisely advises that all things be done in order and without opportunity for reproach. “We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us or we aim at what is honorable, not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of men.” They were careful to not put this burden on just one but on three as is done with witnesses. These resources belong to God and those for whom they are given. When we are blessed, do we take the same care?