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"Give me 5 minutes with a man's checkbook, and I'll tell you where his heart is." - Billy Graham

I read an article this morning that highlighted what the AMERICAN church could accomplish if it actually gave 10% of it's income - check it out below (I've bolded the article clip) - but you can read the whole article here - I was very impacted by statistics especially.

The church of today is not great at at giving.  

This isn’t exactly news. But it is a statistical fact: 

  • Tithers make up only 10-25 percent of a normal congregation. 
  • Only 5 percent of the U.S. tithes, with 80 percent of Americans only giving 2 percent of their income. 
  • Christians are only giving at 2.5 percent per capita, while during the Great Depression they gave at a 3.3 percent rate. 

 THE TRUTH IS: GIVING IS A HEART ISSUE, NOT A MONEY ISSUE. 

Numbers like that can invoke a lot of guilt, which isn’t really the point. The larger point is what would happen if believers were to increase their giving to a minimum of, let's say, 10 percent. There would be an additional $165 billion for churches to use and distribute. The global impact would be phenomenal. Here's just a few things the Church could do with the kind of money: 

  • $25 billion could relieve global hunger, starvation and deaths from preventable diseases in five years.
  • $12 billion could eliminate illiteracy in five years. 
  • $15 billion could solve the world’s water and sanitation issues, specifically at places in the world where 1 billion people live on less than $1 per day. 
  • $1 billion could fully fund all overseas mission work.
  • $100 – $110 billion would still be left over for additional ministry expansion. 

Those are some amazing numbers.

Okay, me again. Honestly... staggering. 

There is so much I could say... so many opinions and personal convictions I could share.

With all my heart, I want to to encourage you to (at a very minimum) begin to honour God by giving 10% of your gross income to your local church. Your local church is the church where God has called YOU to serve and give and be a part of. You are NOT giving to man - you are giving to God. 

It's a heart issue really.

The rich young ruler in the bible couldn't follow Jesus because his god was money.

The poor widow gave it all and was commended by Jesus.

The corrupt tax collector (Zacchaeus) gave a bunch away and Jesus told him salvation had come to him (because his actions proved his heart change).

Do your actions prove your heart change?

Money is tied to the heart. No doubt about it.

As the church in North America - we could change the world in a year - if we really wanted to.

I think when our hearts change, so will the direction of our money.