There is a commercial by JG Wentworth showing various people screaming “It’s my money and I want it now!”. That’s right. If you are receiving a structured cash settlement, Mr. Wentworth has a deal for you. Just call 1-877-CASH-NOW. Let’s say you are to receive $20,000 over the next four years. Why wait? It’s your money after all. Good old JG will make a lump sum payment to you now. What is the catch? Your lump sum payment will only be 60% of the total. BUT…….you will have it in hand. You have 12,000 dollars in hand. Well, not quite. TAXES! Even at 15%, that is another $3000 taken away. Why $3000 you ask? Well you don’t expect Mr. Wentworth to pay taxes, do you? He is doing you a favor. You pay taxes on the total amount of $20,000 (20,000 x .15 = 3000). Anyway, you now get a check in the mail for $9000. What would you do with a check of that size? It is your money and you now have it in hand.
Side thought, are you going to tithe on the $20,000, the $12,000, or the $9000? Are you going to tithe at all? You should give the Lord his share you know.
Speaking of the Lord and his share, what is His share?
Haggai 2:8 says “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of Hosts”. You see, it all belongs to God. We in the church have this idea that 10% belongs to God and we are free to use the other 90% as we wish. WRONG! It is 100% His and we are merely stewards of what belongs to God. We also tend to separate spiritual and secular matters. WRONG! There is no secular. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof”(Psalms 24:1). All is God’s. All is sacred. The money, the gold, the silver, every area of life is spiritual. Every spending decision is a spiritual decision.
So what is the Lord’s share? 100%.
The next time we pull out our wallet, check book, or credit card, let’s remember that we are spending God’s money and He should be consulted.