November 26/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money

 

Adapted from Dave Ramsey’s Giving and Tithing.

What is a tithe? 

Let’s start with the basics. Simply put, the tithe is the first 10% of your income that should be given to your local church. It’s strictly measured in money, so you can’t replace it with giving your time or your talents.

What does the Bible say about tithing?

According to Leviticus 27:30 (TLB), "A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy." And 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) says, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

Why should I tithe?

The tithe was not put into place for God’s benefit—He already has everything He needs. He doesn’t need our money! (And “our” money is already His anyway.)

Tithing was created for our benefit.

It teaches us how to keep God first in our lives and how to live unselfishly. Unselfish people make better spouses, friends, relatives, employees and employers. And they usually have better finances. God is trying to teach us how to prosper over time. After you’ve tithed, you can give in other ways: Giving a cash offering to your church above and beyond the tithe, giving money to a charity you support, giving to a friend or neighbor in need, or giving of your time or talents. Not only does giving of your money or other resources generate good in the lives of others, but it also generates contentment in your heart.

Remember, no one has ever become poor by giving.

November 5/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money

 

God owns everything!

Matthew 25:14-28 is a parable that illustrates that God owns everything and that we are stewards of what He has given us. Our perspective on materialism will change when this truth becomes reality on our lives. Think about this passage carefully. The unfaithful steward was punished for the wrong attitude about possessions. What he had was taken away and given to the one who much. Vs. 28 says, this… “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.” Many times we suffer with not having enough because we think that everything we have is ours. All of our possissions and finances are the Lord’s. If we want a balanced life in the area of finances, stewardship is crucial. But equally important to this is having God’s blessing on our stewardship of what He has given us. When our possession have the Master’s approval we can be rest assured that we will be like the faithful stewards and hear the master say, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'

Now that is blessing!

 

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