I hated being asked for money for any cause.
I used to practiced this sound financial principle:
Get all you can,
Can all you get,
Sit on the lid and
Poison the rest
I figured what’s mine is mine.
I never thought of myself as a bad person.
But I simply didn’t feel good about giving up my money.
My attitude got tested when I asked:
Me: Lord what’s your plan for me?
God: Not self-ISH-ness.
Me: Okay, what then?
God’s Holy Spirit linked me to fresh thinking
So, I’ve switched my activity from canning to distribution
Instead of saying, “This is mine don’t touch it!”
I’m saying, “Lord you’ve been very generous to me!”
This fresh thinking has challenged me from head to spirit
I searched for a cause that hooked my passion
I found (more than) one and
Discovered the amount I give is insignificant because:
God doesn’t need my money.
God is after my heart, and when
God has my heart I won’t withhold anything.
Whats more I’m learning to become a giver
Instead of a tipper
Me: Thank you Lord for offering me the chance to acquire more (than just money).
God: So, be unselfish to others.
Me: What can I give? What can I bring?
God: Bring what you have, not what you don’t have and forget thinking of only money.
In my mind I’m hearing Jesus say: “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ” (Luke 6:38,39)
So, I’ve decided to give up tithing. How about you?
Pastor, author and missions advocate Oswald Smith said: It’s not how much of my money will I give to God, but how much of God’s money will I keep for myself.
Evangelical Christian evangelist Billy Graham said: If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
Often when you talk about stewardship people clam up, are embarrassed or simply refuse to talk about stewardship at all.
Stewardship is a church term that intends to address more than merely giving money. In reality stewardship is a real indicator of who has my heart? Stewardship divides religion and relationship.
When I’m in control of my stewardship I’m inclined to be indifferent and unmoved by appeals to give … although I may throw money at a cause just to sooth my conscious. However stewardship takes on a different dimension when I allow God to control my stewardship because (once again)
God doesn’t need my money (or time)
God is after my heart
If God has my heart I’m realizing now that there isn’t anything I could (or would) withhold from God’s cause. So, I’ve given up tithing.
Proverbs 21: 28 says, “… people who obey God are always generous.”
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