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What If Everyone Tithed

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The following was a excerpt from chapter 2 of the EBook intitled Where Your Treasure Is…

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What are the possibilities if every Christian in America tithed ten percent of their increase to the Kingdom?

We can imagine those possibilities through a recent CNN article about tithing….

The churches of the U.S. last year received about $4 billion in donations. If the 112 million Americans who claim a religious affiliation had given one tenth— the traditional tithe—of their personal income to churches, that total could have topped $25 billion.

It takes money to advance the Kingdom of God in this world yet, according to this article, the average Christian in America gives only $35.71 to God’s work each year. And we wonder why America is straying so far from God.

Jesus said in…

Matthew 6:21 KJV

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Notice this verse reads the opposite of the way we think. We think that wherever our heart is, our treasure will be also. Or whatever our passion is, that is what we will support.

That is not what Jesus said…and His ways are above our ways.

Jesus said that our heart is the follower, not the leader.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Our heart will follow our treasure…What a revelation!

This is what commitment is all about…

• If we are committed to something, we do it whether or not our heart is in it.

• Many times we give ourselves to a cause without feeling a love for it. But the more we invest ourselves into that cause, the more our hearts are drawn into it.

• If we begin to invest ourselves in the things of God, eventually our heart will follow.

This is what Jesus taught us!

Unfortunately, America’s treasure is not where it ought to be; consequently, neither is America’s heart. But if we, as Christians, could take hold of the principle of tithing by faith as Abraham did, we would change our nation.

Luke 6:38 KJV

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Jesus said that we will receive in abundance if we give in abundance. It is obvious from the context of this writing that Jesus is talking about more than just money; he is also talking about our love for one another. A giving spirit should begin at the core of everything we do.

• Give of your love.

• Give of your talent.

• Give of your time.

• Give of your finances.

Jesus is not telling us to give to expect something in return; rather, to give from a heart of love for Him in obedience to His Word.

The Lord addressed the topic of giving in relationship to how we should treat our enemies saying:

Luke 6:33-37 KJV

33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven… Love your enemies, and when you lend money hope for nothing in return, and your reward shall be great. Show mercy and you will receive mercy. Judge not and you will not be judged. Forgive and you shall be forgiven. Lend money, and hope for nothing in return. Jesus’ commands are in direct opposition to our carnal nature. Yet this is what God empowers us to do.

Jesus underscored the spirit behind our giving as well. When we tithe, do we expect something back from God? If so, we are not giving cheerfully, with the right spirit. We should always seek the Giver and not the gift.

But when we truly give to God–or anybody else for that matter–with a true spirit of giving, it will return in a much greater measure than it was given.

Some Christians tithe simply to receive a blessing. Others withhold their tithe out of fear or a lack of faith that God will not bless them with more. Then there are the faithful few who simply obey God and give back what already belongs to Him.

Consider the predicament in which a man, lost in the desert, found himself.

He went days without water and was about to die from dehydration.

Suddenly he saw an oasis. In it he found a water pump and a pail of water along side. A sign on the pump said, “USE THE WATER IN THE PAIL TO PRIME THE PUMP.” Our friend faced the dilemma of immediately drinking the water in the pail or using that water to prime the pump and receive an abundance of that precious liquid.

What would you do in that situation? Would you obey and prime the pump, or immediately consume the much-needed water? When we give with an obedient attitude, we can expect more than just a cup of water. We can expect an unlimited supply that lasts.

You can find out more about this incredible tool and related resources to help your church increase it’s tithe and giving at http://www.pastoralhelps.com/training/where-your-treasure-is-teaching-set-edownload-w/cd

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