Red Letter Challenge – Day 31

October 10 – Day 31

“Do not neglect the tithe.” – Matthew 23:23

Money is an extremely divisive topic, because how you spend your money shows the condition of your heart.  Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there you heart is also.”  But there’s a second reason we don’t like to talk about money.  Money is the number one idol in our lives and it is difficult to separate people from something they love.  There is nothing wrong with money in itself.  It’s not money that is the root of all evil, but the love of money.

Jesus talked a lot about giving, but not much about tithing.  Therefore, some pastors don’t want to talk about tithing.  But the practice of tithing goes all the way back to Abraham.  From the beginning, God’s people have returned the first 10% to Him as an offering to show that we fully trust Him to provide for us.  If someone were to look into your bank account, would they know you are a follower of Jesus?  You cannot truly go all in for God if you cannot trust God with your money.

Challenge: Tithe for the next 6 months to your local church and watch how God works in big ways.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Bill

Today’s devotion came from the book, “Red Letter Challenge,” by Zach Zehnder, pages 184-189.