We Christians are supposed to be generous, but only 10-25% of churchgoers tithe. God calls us to give to those in need, but the 10-25% who give to church give about 2.5% of their incomes. And if all Christians started tithing 10%, there would be up to $165 billion, much of which could change the world forever.
But God is changing the world with the money we give. He uses it to support your pastor, support the church and to give to our brothers and sisters out sharing the Gospel. God isn’t limited by amounts, but why aren’t Christians giving as much? What happened to the Christians who “Out of their most severe trial… they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.” (2 Corinthians 8:2-3)
Worldliness happened. Being like the world. You’re probably nodding your head. It’s a struggle for all Christians, but in the area of our money, it can be hard to follow God’s law for it.
Many Christians follow the world in gambling, which is wrong because it shows a lack of trust in God’s provision, immaturity with the money God gave us and gambling appeals to our greed. We also live above our means, which means that we spend more money than we earn. Any money you spend that isn’t yours is debt. And Proverbs 22:7 is clear that “the borrower is slave to the lender.”
God hasn’t called us to waste the money He gave us or to fall into debt. We’re called to use our money wisely and in a way that does more than satisfy our every want.
We should glorify God with our money. Is it easy? Nope. But for glorifying God, it’s worth it.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!
https://www.daveramsey.com/get-started?snid=start (I can’t recommend Dave Ramsey’s work enough. It’s fantastic.)