This weekend I have the opportunity to preach in our weekend services. I love preaching and this weekend should be no different. I especially like preaching when I’m personally challenged by the topic, which is definitely true of this sermon.
Last fall our church went through Financial Peace University. This weekend I get to encourage people to keep pressing on in their application of God’s financial principles (spoilers). A lot of God’s financial principles start with the tithe and giving God his 10%.
But does giving God 10% mean we can do whatever we want with the remaining 90%?
In Acts 4 we see the early church surrendering what they own to God, selling what they have in order to give to the church and meet the needs of others. It seems like the early church went beyond giving just 10%; they wanted to see how God could bless others with everything that they had.
By the grace of God I have been faithfully tithing for over five years. It’s a good feeling to read through a passage like Acts 4 and realize that I have been faithful to God in my finances; he asks for 10% and he gets 10%. It’s easy to forget, though, that it really all belongs to God. God may ask for only 10% but that doesn’t mean I get to do whatever I want with the remaining 90%. God’s the owner and I still need to faithfully steward that 90%.
If I want to be faithful to God with my possessions and finances then I can’t give him 10% and spend the other 90% on video games and Magic cards. I can’t write my tithe check and then cash out everything else to create authentic Iron Man armor. Everything I have belongs to God and I need to make sure that I’m spending and budgeting in a way that honors him, with the 10% and the 90%.
The 10% is easy; that automatically goes to God. It’s more challenging to look at the remaining 90% and see how God could be glorified through what remains of his provision. It may be more challenging, but it’s also has the potential to be 9 times more rewarding.
How do you strive to honor God with the remaining 90%?