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Affluent Investor | July 27, 2017

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How to Become a Cheerful Giver

Randy Alcorn says, “Gaze upon Christ long enough, and you’ll become more of a giver. Give long enough, and you’ll become more like Christ.”

God’s Word describes the tithe as a testimony to God’s ownership. Our tithe is the seed we plant in God’s garden. He takes it and multiplies it.

The amount of the tithe is not important to God; He owns it all. But the amount IS important to us. Giving is a heart issue: where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

The Bible tells us that 10% is a good place to start and the church deserves our first gift. Anything above and beyond is something we must take before the throne of God for clear guidance. There have been questions about whether or not to tithe on a net income or gross income. My response would be, “which would you like God to bless?”

If we truly believe all we have belongs to God, and give out of loving obedience to Him, then we give in joyful anticipation of how He will multiply it.

If we love and give generously toward the work of God, He will be loving and generous with us, but in ways the world may not recognize. Tithing is not a give to get blessed theology. It is God’s way of getting our eyes off ourselves and recognizing Him as the true owner. 2 Corinthians tells us that God loves a cheerful giver so we are to honor Him with the first fruits of all our income.

Tithing is not just for the rich. Jesus recognized the poor widow, who in her poverty, gave all she had, literally all she had to live on. And, she did it out of her love for God.

If all believers gave sacrificially, the global impact would be phenomenal.

 

Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

 

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