Today all across America churches received tithes and offerings and some churches had a response and others didn’t.
All across America churches are hurting financially. Times are tough as people have lost jobs and are unemployed and tithes have declined.
We do our best to pay our bills, buy groceries, buy gas which keeps going up and etc. I have noticed though that we will buy things we want and we still go out to eat but our tithes still decline.
What does this say about our love for God? Let’s look at some statistics of where we spend our money from the website listed below:
Pets: In 2007, it is estimated that Americans will spend over $40 billion on their pets.
Weight Loss: It is estimated that by 2010, Americans will spend over $60 billion on weight-loss programs.
Wow; that is a lot of money on pets and weight loss so how much do we give to the church:
Few Support the Church: Only one-third to one-half of U.S. church members financially support their churches.
Tithing: 9% of American “born-again” adults tithed in 2004.
Sunday Offerings: The average amount of money given by a full or confirmed member of a U.S. Christian church in 2004 was $691.93. This comes to an average of $13.31 per week.
WOW: Do you see what I am seeing? We care more about pets and weight loss that we do our local church. Listen to me I am not saying it is wrong to care about our pets and to try to manage our weight.
What I am saying is there are people dying and going to hell right outside of our church doors and we are spending our money on pets and weight loss instead of tithing to our churches.
We have our priorities all mixed up. There are poor people everywhere and I am not just talking physically poor but spiritually poor. If we are not tithing how can our churches minister to them? What does this say to God? My pets and my weight loss are more important than you….. Wow
What ever we love is what we spend (give) our money to.
I have a question for you: Where does love start? God yes God it starts in Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
God is the beginning of love; He is love so how can we not give back to Him? It is His money anyways.
People need help; they are in need:
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)
We need to love with actions (our tithing) to our church and to God so we can spread the Gospel.
Where are your priorities? Who is first in your life?
Let’s do our part and help a brother in need.
Keep it real