Today’s Scripture: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38

A few years ago, I researched some spending numbers for a message on tithing. I’m sure these dollar amounts have probably increased by now, but it is interesting to see what Americans spend their money on.

·      $10.7 trillion on shopping

·      $96 billion on beer

·      $550 million on pretzels

·      $4.14 billion on St. Patrick’s Day

·      $1.4 billion on teeth whiteners

·      $310 million on Halloween costumes for pets

·      $50.96 billion on the pet industry in general

·      $16 billion on chocolate

·      $4.2 billion on perfume

·      $500 million on golf balls

·      $800 million on soft drinks

·      $11 billion on coffee

·      $110 billion on fast food

I am not saying it is wrong to have a coffee or chocolate, but what if we made a decision in our life to go through our budget and see what we’ve spent the last twelve months. I think if we looked at the things that really are not essential, we would see how we could save a decent amount of money.

What would God be able to do in our lives and in His church if we would make tithing the number one priority in our lives? The best way to do that is to make it number one on our budget list.

I think we all need to remember that the blessings we have were graciously provided by a great and generous God Who loves to see us have enjoyment. He also loves to see us share and give blessings to other people. That is what we really should be all about because “the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1)

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.