A friend once told me about a professor who blew her honor roll status with his difficult tests. Although she studied, the challenge with the test format was the answer could be a, b, c, a & b, b & c, all of the above or none of the above. The key to doing well was figuring out the best, right choice.
When it comes to our money, life presents us with a fill in the blank that has a best, right choice: I’m trying to do _______ with my resources. We choose our answer:
A) Get by
B) Keep up with the Jones’
C) Emulate Scrooge
D) Be financially free
Although most seem like decent options, none are the best, right choice. Scripture points to how we should finish the statement. Our one clear objective is to honor God with our resources.
When we realize that everything good we have in our lives comes from God, it becomes so easy to give. As David so eloquently said,
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:14
David knew that all we are and all we have are because of God’s blessing and favor.
If you did the homework assignment last week to find where your money is going, it most likely provided insight on your spending habits. Perhaps you already saw the first portion set aside for God, that first 10 % he asks for. If so, that’s awesome! If not, it’s not too late to make an adjustment. As you do, God promises to bless you in return.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “And see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10
Honoring God with the tithe demonstrates our gratitude for all he’s given. It’s a way to live out our one clear financial objective, the best, right answer to the question. As we honor God we will receive even more blessings in return. What a generous God we serve!
This is part 2 in a series
Click here for part 1 – Find your reference point