week 3: I'm Invested
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS YOU ARE INVESTED SOMEWHERE.
POUR (INVEST) OUR TREASURES INTO THINGS THAT WILL IMPACT ETERNITY.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
OUR GOD HAS CREATED US TO POUR, NOT STORE.
MINDSET OF SCARCITY = We tend to think there's not enough.
This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.
But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’.
This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.
MINDSET OF ABUNDANCE = God gives us more than enough so that we can be a blessing to others.
Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
Jesus says, "You give them something to eat."
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, he gave thanks, and he broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.
They all ate and were SATISFIED, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
WHAT YOU KEEP IS ALL YOU HAVE, BUT WHAT YOU GIVE, GOD MULTIPLIES.
To tithe, I would have to rearrange my life.
To tithe, I would have to put God first in my finances.
To tithe, that would take crazy faith.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. TEST ME IN THIS,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and POUR OUT so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”