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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Investing in God’s Treasury Fund as an Act of Worship BY RICK WARREN — AUGUST 5, 2018

“Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income” (Proverbs 3:9 TLB).
We invest in God’s Treasury Fund by using some of our money to express worship. There’s nothing we can give God that he needs, and God certainly doesn’t need our money.
But when we give an offering to God — an undesignated, planned, and proportional offering where and when we worship — we’re saying, “God I love you.” That’s the first purpose of life: to know and love God. You’re planned for his pleasure.
The Bible says, “Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income” (Proverbs 3:9 TLB). We honor God when we tithe. It’s an act of worship.
God wants you to give to this fund before you invest in any of the other funds. Why? He wants our hearts more than anything else. He doesn’t want our money; he wants what it represents.
Wherever I put my money shows my priorities and values.
This week, look through your checkbook and your credit card statements. What do they say about where your heart is today?
Where do you want your heart to be? Put your money there!
Talk It Over

  • If people saw all the details of your current spending patterns, would those details reveal a heart fully devoted to God? Why or why not?
  • Do you find it easy or difficult to view tithing as an act of worship? Why?
  • How are you knowing and loving God more deeply?
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