DEVOTIONALS

OBEDIENCE: PAIN OR PLEASURE?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
LUKE 12:34

Where is the treasure of most people?
Is it in their assets?  Is it in their bank accounts? Is it in their investments?
Have you ever heard someone say something like,
“If I could win the lottery I could tithe more
and have more time to serve the Lord in many ways”
When someone prays in this way it sounds like
there is an undertone of selfishness, doesn’t it?
It can also be an indication that the person
feels the Lord has not blessed them sufficiently.

According to surveys, the more a person earns,
the less likely they will give at least 10% to God’s ministry.
Fewer than 10% of born-again Christians tithe 10% to their church.
The ones most likely to do this are those who earn the least.
Only 8% of those making $20,000 or less give their tithe.
As incomes rise, the percentages drop – only 1% of those making $75,000 to $100,000 tithe.
After $100,000 the percentages rise some.

At any rate, it appears that the more one has, the less likely they will tithe.
It seems the opposite would be true, but its not.

One thing I have noticed in the work force is those with lower salaries are the
biggest contributors whenever there is a need.
The reason may be that those with higher salaries have strained their budget
through overspending in their attempt to achieve a desired social status.
As a result, they have sizeable debts but are too proud to downsize,
which would allow them to be better stewards of their money.
Tithing may have a lower priority due to their debts
or a desire to buy more “stuff” to increase their social status.

Apparently, the heart can be drawn away from a heavenly focus
to a worldly focus whenever they prosper.
Jesus’ words strike at the heart of both the problem and the person:
“Where your treasure is, there you heart will be also”

The Lord doesn’t NEED our tithes so why would He tell us that we should tithe?

For one thing it is an act of obedience.
It gives us an opportunity to say to ourselves,
“God doesn’t need my tithe, but He has asked me to tithe, so I will obey Him”.

It is also an acknowledgement that we truly believe He exists
and we want to be in a good relationship with Him.
We express our faith in God and our love for Him when we tithe.
Tithing is an expression of faith and appreciation that God
has blessed us with what we have and will provide for our needs.

Lastly, we tithe in order to receive His blessings.
God blesses those who express their faith in Him through active obedience.

Where is your heart?
Is it focused on worldly or heavenly (eternal) things?
Rather than focusing on how you can spend your tithe for your own pleasure,
think about how it shows your love for the Lord and His provisions for you.
It is an act of faith that shows you believe that God will meet your needs.
(as we all know, our “needs” are much more than financial or material needs)

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About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “OBEDIENCE: PAIN OR PLEASURE?

  1. What a good word, Don!

    I read a report about charitable contributions, and it backed up your post today. It said that those who gave most, had the least!

    Maybe that’s why God says we can’t love Him and love our money at the same time!

    Appreciate your blog, your hard work and your constant encouragement!

    Blessings,
    Melanie

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    Posted by helloredds | May 21, 2015, 10:53 am
    • Great point Melanie!! Thank you for your encouraging words.
      I really like the redesign of your website – great job!!
      When I grow up I want to be talented just like you!
      Say hello to Randy for me, I’ll bet he is enjoying leading the music – has a great voice himself.

      May God bless you both.
      Don
      Phil. 2:3 / Col. 3:17

      Liked by 1 person

      Posted by utvolwoody | May 21, 2015, 5:40 pm

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