Sooner or later, you'll discover it.
It's not some new math, some twisted form of algebra, or even a modified version of addition and subtraction; instead, it's often described as "God math," and it defies all sorts of human logic.
It works like this: You make a sacrifice. God then does a miraculous thing: You find that your own need is satisfied, sometimes in a surprising way.
Anne Frank summed it up this way: "No one has ever become poor by giving."
Did you ever wonder why?
It could be that being generous with our finances allows us to be rich in faith. The more we see "God math" in our own lives, the more confident we become that God really will meet all of our needs.
Besides all that, though, giving a regular tithe demonstrates to God that we consider God more important than we consider money. It keeps us from allowing money to become an idol in our lives. Have you ever thought about it that way?
That's the reason I give as I do. When I make the commitment to tithe it places every other financial choice in perspective. That decision has been a journey in my own life that took some years to achieve.
The truth is, God doesn't just want our cash-even if does help fund church programs and ministries. What God really wants is our hearts. God wants us to turn to God and say, "Whatever I have, it's yours."
Consider the Scripture verse: "What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?" (Ps. 116:12 NLT).
It reminds us that we can never pay back God for God's great gifts to us. One thing we can do, however, is cheerfully start with the tithe, the very least God asks of us. Set aside that 10 percent every week as soon as you get a paycheck, and you'll never miss it. It will show God that you're serious about putting God first-and it will continue to give God opportunities to supply your every need, just as promised.
Grace and peace,