Today’s Scripture: The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

One afternoon a father looked over at his little boy and asked, “Son what would make you really happy?””French fries!” replied the child with an enthusiastic smile.

“Well, then let’s go get some!” the dad exclaimed. Both jumped in the car and headed over to McDonald’s. As their order was being taken, the dad super-sized the fries. They sat at the table to enjoy their meal, and both were happy until….the dad reached over to take a few fries.

Immediately the boy wrapped his arms around the fries and exclaimed, “My fries! These are my fries!” At that moment, the father was both shocked and confused.

He thought to himself, ‘I opened my wallet, drove my car, spent my gas and it was my idea.’ As he pondered what had just happened, he found himself disappointed in the son whom he had just blessed because he was not even willing to share a little portion of the blessings provided to him.

Although we may not be sitting in a fast-food restaurant at this very moment, this story applies to each one of us right now. How so? God owns everything-recognize that fact in your life. Although it is not always easy, we need to give Him what He has asked us to give Him. When we don’t tithe, we are like that little boy wrapping his arms around those silly fries. How does tithing keep us from being like this?

*             Tithing keeps me from stealing. When we don’t give, we are literally stealing. (Malachi 3:8)*             Tithing brings me God’s protection. (Malachi 3:10-11)
*             Tithing provides investment security. (Matthew 6:20)
*             Tithing will keep your heart in the right place. Your heart will follow your money. (Matthew 6:21)
*             Tithing helps with contentment.

We brought nothing into this world, and we can’t take anything out. Do you have food, shelter, and clothing? That is really all you need. It is sinful to always be seeking the next best thing. (I Timothy 6:5-8)

As you go about your day. Think about “your fries.” Are you going to hoard them, or are you going to give them back to the Lord? When we get to Heaven, we are going to realize that our money was no better than a bunch of sliced up potatoes housed in a little red box. Living with 90% of our income with God’s blessing is better than living with 100% of our financial gain. So, let’s give back and replace those fries with eternal investments!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.