24“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. -Matthew 6:24
God Wants Your Heart
When it comes to giving, God is far more interested in having your heart than your money. Jesus said wherever your treasure is, that’s where your heart is. For instance, in the area of finances, I’ll be able to tell matters most to you in life by looking at your bank statements. What does your spending say about you? How you spend your money will show me whether you’re trusting God with your finances by putting Him first or if you’re trusting in yourself and your money. You can’t do both.
If you asked any pastor around the country if you should be a tither and a giver, I promise you they’d tell you yes, regardless of whether or not you attend THEIR church.
Why? Why would they tell you to be a tither or a giver if their church is never going to see a penny of what you’re giving? Because they know being a tither and a giver is for your benefit, far more than it is for the churches benefit. (I’ll go over the benefits of giving in another post).
People who think it’s all about the church or pastor wanting their money are missing the entire point of giving. Giving is all about yielding your heart to God and trusting Him with everything that’s important to you.
God wants all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind, and all of your strength. God wants to be first in your life. My question to you is – is He? If He is, you’re finances will reflect that. I like what Pastor Nathan says, “He’s either Lord of all, or not at all.”
Tomorrow I’ll go over the three types of giving in the Bible – tithing, offerings, and alms giving.
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