You ought to make as much money as you can so you can give as much and save as much as you can so you can live like nobody else can!
If you can’t give as much as you want & save as much as you want, something’s not right. Put God first & watch what happens.
What are you waiting for to put God first? Whatever it is, it’s not worth waiting for, or putting God in line behind other things.
How you spend your money tells the story of who’s first in your life & who you really worship. Too often God is nowhere to be found.
Some people would never think of giving a waitress only 10% after a meal. But think nothing of giving God less than that every week.
When a long-time Christian acts like tithing is something new, it means it’s been a long time since they put God first. (Pro 3:9-10)
If the Bible says we’re to honor God with our wealth, the first fruits of what we receive, what are we doing when we don’t tithe?
Those who say tithing isn’t in the New Testament obviously haven’t read Jesus’ affirmation of it in Matthew 23:23.
If you don’t believe in tithing & want to give more than that – great! When you give less than a God fearer in the O.T.? Not great.
The church doesn’t exist to collect money. But if it doesn’t collect money it won’t be here. God instituted the tithe for a purpose.
Tithing isn’t a financial issue. It’s a Lordship issue. Do we really know God, and is He really Lord of our lives?
Giving isn’t so much a matter of what you have as much as it is a matter of who has you. Your giving reveals who has your heart.
Why is it when Zacchaeus got saved, the first thing he wanted to do was start giving. Yet today, people say they get saved & don’t?
When we believe God and tithe, He will bless us beyond belief.
Those who say tithing isn’t in the N.T. need to read about Abraham tithing to Melchizedek, before the law. It’s there. (Heb 7:1-28)
Tithing is merely an opportunity for us to acknowledge God as the Source of all our wealth and blessings.
If it’s so easy to trust God to save us, why is it so hard to trust Him when He tells us to “test” Him when it comes to tithing?
When we believe what God says about tithing, it becomes easier to believe everything else He says. When we don’t . . . well . . .
God says tithing opens the floodgates of blessing in our lives. So what does not tithing do? (Malachi 3:8-12)
God says to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, not use it for your house. (Malachi 3:10)
The tithe belongs to God, not us. We can’t designate it, divide it or divert it wherever we want.
People who think they don’t need to tithe & are doing fine without God, need to read the parable of “The Rich Fool.” (Luke 12:13-21)
God’s plan has always been to finance His work through the tithes and offerings of His people.
The fact is, God doesn’t need or even want your money. He wants you. Until you give Him the tithe, He doesn’t have you.
Put yourself first and the regrets start piling up. Put God first and the rewards start piling up. Your choice? Regrets or rewards?
Tithing isn’t the finish line. It’s the starting line. So have you started?
Tithing isn’t a matter of accounting. It’s a matter of attitude. Do we trust God?
Until we have tithed, we can’t call anything we give an offering. Generosity begins where tithing ends.
In ministry, I’ve found when people aren’t tithing; most likely they’re cheating God in other areas of their lives, too!
Tithing is not an act of generosity. Rather, it is an act of obedience.
It’s simple! Give 10% to God first. Spend less than you earn. Pay off all debt. Save everything you can, and you can achieve financial freedom.
© 2014. Barry L. Cameron. All rights reserved.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.