Each morning throughout the week, I am doing some reading plans through the Bible and one of them is called “Right From the Heart, 1 Minute Devotions.” It is a short reading coupled with a passage of Scripture, typically no more than a couple verses. You can find this on “YouVersion.” I highly recommend it if you are someone who needs some help with reading through the Bible.
Well, this morning’s reading had something that I figured I would share with everyone. It was a pretty convicting read for myself:
“I had an interesting conversation with a friend who is an atheist. He had visited our church and heard statistics on the high number of families who give nothing to the Lord’s work each year. The basic minimum in faithful giving, according to the Bible, is ten percent, or a tithe. My friend said to me, ‘I was shocked. I thought if you people really believe this stuff about God, heaven, and hell, and the importance of spreading the message, you’d want to give more than ten percent. Because what could be more important than that?'”
When I first read this, it was truly a challenge to me and even now as I think about it, it is pricking my heart. What would someone say about my giving if they could see where I spend my money? Do I put my own selfish desires before reaching others for the kingdom of God? The Bible says that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21. I hope that my treasure and heart are in the same place.