Hypothetically speaking, say a family gives 10% (a biblical “tithe”) of their income to church, charities, or other organizations (10% is high – I think the average church-goer gives something like 2.3%, which is a whole other subject). The typical mindset is then “I’m giving 10% of my income to God” which subconsciously implies that “the remaining 90% is mine.” This is flawed in the worst way.
All money is God’s money – not just 10% of it, or 2.3% of it. 100%. We’re held responsible not just for what we do with our tithe, whatever number that is going to be – we’re held responsible for all of what we’re given and entrusted with. That means we’re responsible for the use of money towards debt payments, living expenses, taxes, giving, and the margin leftover. Too many people fail to realize this, and it ultimately creates a faulty view of what stewardship and giving is all about. Till next time, Jack.