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Teens & Tithing (3)

Thought No. 3: You’re going to reap what you sow

Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”

On the Lies Young Women Believe blog, Erin Davis says: “You get what you give, sweet girl. When it comes to finances, this is not a literal promise. You can’t drop $50 in the offering plate and expect God to mail you a $50 check. But sow generosity, selfless giving, and sacrifice, and you will reap crops of righteousness and blessing. Sow crops of stinginess and me-centered spending, and you’ll just reap self-centeredness. Giving some of your money away to your church and other ministries that God is working through is the only investment of your resources guaranteed to last for eternity.”

This general principle is made clear throughout the Old Testament. God’s blessing follows obedience. We do not agree with the prosperity gospel, where we are encouraged to follow God only for earthly benefits (the more faith we have, the more health & wealth we receive), but disagreeing with the prosperity gospel doesn’t mean we throw away the biblical principle (given in the verse above, and many other places in scripture). We need to develop of lifestyle of generosity and kindness. That is a fruit of salvation.


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