Have you ever had someone tell you they will call you, but never do? This is the type of person that says one thing, but does another. I am a firm believer that talk is cheap. Let me emphasize that again: talk is very cheap. You can talk all you want, but if you don’t walk the talk your words mean nothing. Actions will always speak much louder than words. You can always tell what someone values, not based on what they say, but based on what they do.
I have heard countless Christians verbalize their commitment to God. They give God their time and prayers, but when it comes to their money, God better stay away. You can talk all you want about how committed you are to God, but if your checkbook doesn’t reflect that commitment, I would question what you say to be true. Your commitment to God can be measured by one thing: your checkbook.
Your checkbook reveals what you value. Why? Because money is the thing people hold onto most with a clenched fist.
If you value money highly, but don’t give it to God how can you say you are committed to him? What you are really saying is this: “God, I am only committed to you until it starts costing me.” If you looked at your checkbook today, what would it say about you? Would it say you value shopping and going out to eat more than giving? It’s not bad to shop or go out to eat, but when those things take priority over giving to the church, we are in a dangerous spot.
If you do not tithe at least ten percent of your income, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and start giving. We rarely grow when we are comfortable; we grow most when we are put in uncomfortable situations.
Don’t let your commitment to God be easy and comfortable; challenge yourself and allow your commitment to leak into every part of your life, including your finances.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).