When I had first come to know of Christ, I was pursuing this world with all of my time and resources. After going to church a few times, I decided that I would give this “christian” thing a try. All I had learned from the church I was going to at the time was to say a prayer and believe. What I didn’t realize for a long time is how much more Jesus wanted for me and from me. But when it all changed was one Sunday when I went to Church and we had a guest preacher. He spoke about giving to God. I want to say before I continue that I had a misconception (as do many others) that the church just wanted my money, but the way this pastor unpacked the scriptures for me inspired me. He talked about where our time and resources are, there our heart is as well. Like I said earlier, my time and resources were devoted to this world, but if you were to ask me if I was a “christian,” I would have said yes…but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth for me. At this time in my life I would come to church on Sunday but the 6 other days of the week Jesus was just a faint thought in the back of my mind, if that. So I made a choice to put God first in everything—my time, my thoughts, my relationships, my emotions, and my money. I began tithing to the local church. At first I didn’t see much of a difference in my life; money was tight and I was stressed. But as I started to give, the way I lived started to change; I started spending less and enjoyed giving more. My money seemed to go farther and the stresses in my life seemed smaller. The most important lesson I learned is that usually what I spend my money on is what holds my heart. I began to desire Christ to hold my heart, and in doing so, I tithed even when it was hard. I gave my time and money to God first and He molded my heart to be more like His Son. I know this is an area in our lives where we normally hold on the tightest, but how can we trust God with something we won’t let go of? When we give, it should be based around these values: give generously, give sacrificially, give secretly, give regularly, and give spontaneously. If you long to be closer to Christ and have yet to trust Him with this area of your life, I would take this last moment together to encourage you, take this step of faith. No matter how tight finances are or how hard this may be for you, allow Christ to move into your heart and mold you to be more like Him. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21. In closing, we are Jesus Christ’s treasure—all of His time, energy, and resources went to His redemptive work in us. He gave all He had—even to the point of death—to give us the chance to know Him; that’s why when we give, we become more like Christ.
Posted on Mon, September 19, 2016
by Josh Laughter