"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:20-21
Jesus taught on money and materialism more than any other subject. I think we can understand why.
But if I were to summarize or condense all of His teaching into one or two key verses it would be these verses.
If you forget everything else about tithing and stewardship remember this central guiding truth - "Your heart follows your treasure."
So, where is your heart?
"How do I know", you may be thinking?
You can know by looking at your check register.
You can take careful notice as you balance your checkbook.
You can compare your W-2 against your church giving record as you file your taxes.
You can examine your attitude during the Sunday morning offering time.
You can notice the level of tension that arises in you when you hear announcements or read about the upcoming Capital Campaign. You are aware of a rising level discomfort as the pastor preaches on tithing?
Those are some of the measurable markers to indicate the distance between your money and your heart. "So, how do I shorten the distance between my treasure and my heart?" Trust God with more of your treasure. It's that simple. It's that difficult.