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03
SEP
2008

Wake Up, Child, The Fruit Is Too Valuable


God Doesn't Want 10% of Your Money

Sometimes today there is a common misconception within the church in regards to money.  Many people think that it is required, or at least a good goal, to "tithe" your money, giving 10% of it to the church.  Although widely practiced today across the world, it may come as a shock to some that God doesn't want 10% of your money.  Let me rephrase that more clearly.  God does not want only 10% of your money.  God wants all of your money.  No, he isn't a greedy God that wants to make you poor because you've given all of your money to Him.  However, on top of all your money, God wants all your time, all your relationships, and every other thing, whether or not it is tangible, in your life.

It's imperative that we give all we have to God.  We can only keep what we give away - an interesting concept, I know.  Personally, I've discovered that although God wants everything in my life, what He always seems to want the most is what I don't want to give up to Him.  This is where the tithe comes in.  Money is an issue for many people, and it's increasingly easy to serve money and not God.  The tithe is a simple, measurable way to at least take a step towards knowing that money doesn't have complete control over us.  If we give the first 10% of everything we make to God, it's certainly a good place to start.  Ideally, we should give as much money to God as we can afford (church, helping the poor, etc.), but what's really important is that money has no control over us.  We need to understand that we wouldn't have it if God didn't first give it to us.

The Fruit Is Too Valuable

We must give God all that we have, and if we tell Him we'll do that, we absolutely must.  The Lord deals harshly with those that lie to the Spirit.  Just as a further illustration of giving all to Him, can we keep watching our favorite TV shows or listening to our favorite music?  Maybe, but we certainly can't keep it if it's an idol in our heart.  However, even if something isn't an idol, we must push aside ALL things that may not even be sin in our lives, but distract us from pursuing Him at all.  We have no time for comfort.  The time is now to seek Him.  The Spirit is placing a demand to let these distractions go.  The fruit is too valuable to be distracted by anything not having an eternal purpose.  The world will always out-entertain us and out-buy us.  But with all their billions they can't buy what we have.  God's gifts are freely given.

Wake Up, Child

I'm convinced that the current condition of the church is directly connected to the image of God in people's minds.  If we refuse to give all to Him, we likely don't believe deep inside our hearts that He is indeed a judge.  We often skip out on some of God's traits and flock to the areas that make us comfortable.  He is loving, He is merciful, but He is also a judge.  We must wake up out of spiritual death and religious complacency.  Do we really believe in the Word?  Dig in and search it out for yourself.  If we believe the book, God demands ALL from you.  His Word DEMANDS absolute action and obedience from your life or you must not believe it in the deepest parts of your heart and soul.  Keep in mind that God should never come first on your priority list.  He is Lord of everything and He should BE the list.

I've heard before that this past generation would have rather had good kids, not Godly kids.  Why would parents not want Godly kids?  Because Godly kids would convict parents of their lifestyle.  Let's not be a generation that raises good kids.  Raise Godly kids that will convict you, but before that happens you must be a sincere child of God yourself.

Take a few minutes to think and pray about what you haven't given to God.  Maybe you're not giving him your trust in a relationship, maybe you struggle with giving up any of your money, or maybe you have difficulty giving Him some of your time so you can get to know each other better.  Whatever it is, you need to give it all to Him.  Only when you give all to Him can you experience a relationship with Him in the way it's meant to be experienced.