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Where is your deepest commitment? Where does your deepest commitment lie?
Maybe you feel committed to work, devoted to doing your best at your job. You are passionate about being the very best you can be at your work. Maybe it’s family. You say, “I’m committed to my family above all. I’m committed to my husband, committed to my wife. I’m devoted to my kids.” That’s a good commitment. But what is your highest commitment?
This week we opened up a discussion about where our money flows. On Sunday we will talk about that very directly. We get pretty committed to our money sometimes. I believe the tithe is the Biblical standard for our giving; we are called to give ten percent of our income to the Lord and His work. It is not a legalistic requirement for salvation, but it is the standard toward which we aim. And, really, it is only the start. Our whole lives belong to God! Ten percent of our money is just the beginning, a first step and symbol of our total commitment.
Abigail and I have been able to take Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University on Wednesday nights. After years of promoting it and talking about it I have finally been able to benefit from some of his teaching on finances. What a great course. Here’s what Dave says about the tithe:
“The tithe was not put into place for God’s benefit—He already has everything He needs. He doesn’t need our money! And “our” money is already His anyway. Tithing was created for our benefit. It teaches us how to keep God first in our lives and how to live unselfishly. Unselfish people make better spouses, friends, relatives, employees and employers. And they usually have better finances. God is trying to teach us how to prosper over time.
Not only does giving of your money or other resources generate good in the lives of others, but it also generates contentment in your heart.
If you tithe, do it out of love for God, not out of guilt.” – Dave Ramsey (Read the whole blog here.)
Over the next few weeks we want to encourage one another to come to peace with our finances. But let’s be clear: Where is your highest commitment? It isn’t the tithe. It isn’t First Pres. It isn’t even the work we are doing together here for the Lord. Your highest commitment, your deepest commitment? It is to Jesus Christ himself
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20