Matthew 6:24 NIV says: You cannot serve both God and money. Buying a few new tshirts, when we already have a full wardrobe, isnt serving money, is it? Possibly not. Theres nothing wrong in buying stuff. But we would ask you this Did you ask God what He wanted you to do with that cash before splashing it? Now, this is not a guilt trip. Promise. Its a reality check. Some inspiration to move forwards with. And its inspiration that we all need. Weve all got to get our priorities straight. Everything we have is a gift from God anyway. Our very lives, and everything in them, are given by Him, so we have a definite duty to invite Him to shine through them.
That means offering everything back to Him, as soon as it lands in our hands. Whether its the $100 birthday money from granny, or the $2 you just found on the floor, God loves it when you give it back to Him. He wont necessarily tell you to give $102 to charity/church/the homeless guy in town. He may just ask you to give a regular amount to one of them, though. But, if you take it all to Him, you accept the risk that He may tell you to give away all that you dont need for bills. In fact, scratch that, you dont just accept that risk. Youll learn to delight in the Godgiven hazard of generosity.
So what now? Tithe. Easy peasy. Your disposable income (what youd spend on cappuccinos or chinos) prayerfully give 10% of it away, to something on your heart.
Soulfood : Ezra 6-8, Mark 1:35-45, Ps 78:17-31, Prov 19:27-29