“Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income.” Proverbs 3:9 (TLB)
We invest in God’s Treasury Fund by using some of our money to express worship. There’s nothing we can give God that he needs, and God certainly doesn’t need our money.
But when we give an offering to God — an undesignated, planned, and proportional offering where and when we worship — we’re saying, “God I love you.” That’s the first purpose of life: to know and love God. You’re planned for his pleasure.
The Bible says, “Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income” (Proverbs 3:9 TLB). We honor God when we tithe. It’s an act of worship.
God wants you to give to this fund before you invest in any of the other funds. Why? He wants our hearts more than anything else. He doesn’t want our money; he wants what it represents.
Wherever I put my money shows my priorities and values.
This week, look through your checkbook and your credit card statements. What do they say about where your heart is today?
Where do you want your heart to be? Put your money there!
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.