Today’s Scripture: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:18

Little Johnny sat at his desk with his head down. Math was definitely not his strong point. From his perspective, trying to do the arithmetic problem in front of him was nothing less than torture. Seeing his look of distress, the teacher came over to help him.

Okay Johnny, this problem is not so bad. Think of it this way: if you had a nickel in your left pocket and a nickel in your right pocket, how much would you have?”

Well, that makes a bigger problem ‘Mam…because if there’s money in ‘em those must be someone else’s pants!”

So often, we are like Johnny. The Lord is trying to teach us and help us grow. Meanwhile, all we choose to do is see the glass half empty instead of half full. We have been blessed beyond measure, yet, we choose to look at what we do not have. As a result of our lack of faith, we become stingy in our giving and desire to have more for ourselves. As we can see from looking back at the Corinthians, lack of giving has been an issue for centuries. Paul had to rebuke the Corinthian church because they had promised to take up an offering for the poor in Jerusalem and had neglected to put their words into action. In the end, our lack of giving only ends up taking away from us rather than helping us accumulate more. When we get to Heaven, we will see where our time and money really should have been spent.

Friend, are you living out your faith with your tithe? If you are not, you are going to miss out on so many blessings the Lord wants to give you. Calculate the heavenly value. You will be blessed beyond numbers when you understand the eternal math.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.