In today’s fast-paced world, we continue to look toward technology to help bring simplicity to our busy schedules. With just a few clicks of a button, we can now automate this important part of our spiritual lives.
Giving is one of the central themes in the Bible. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that God gave the most valuable and precious gift possible, Jesus. The number one reason we give is not to support a church budget, but out of gratitude to God for Jesus and for all our blessings. In his ministry, Jesus talked more about money, wealth, and managing resources more than Heaven, Hell, or prayer.
First Things First
In Malachi 3:8-10 and in Proverbs 3:9-10 we learn about the principle of tithing and the idea that the first fruits of our labor/income belong to God. We find this principle all through God’s Word. Tithing, giving God the first 10% of our income to the local church, is a practical way we acknowledge that God is first in our lives. Jesus said that “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” (Matthew 6:21). God deserves our “first fruits,” not our “leftovers.”
An Eternal Investment
Even when the stock market’s down, you can make an investment that pays dividends for a lifetime and beyond. By investing in the life-changing message of Jesus, you can leverage your money for eternal purposes. (I Timothy 6:7). All that we can take with us is that which we have given away.