by Jenna Raup
As Christians, we talk about being disciples of Jesus regularly and constantly incorporate our modern perspective into the teachings that Jesus gave us 2,000 years ago. “Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21) Jesus knew that we would have a tough time with this command because, let’s face it, in this world we all deal with materialism, idolatry, and selfish discontentment. I’m no exception to this tendency.
For me, giving to the church aligns my heart with God’s plan before I have a chance to take the gift he’s given me and waste it on fleeting worldly possessions. I had never given regularly to a church before coming to Forefront because I am a very skeptical person and, quite frankly, kind of controlling. However, I was so convicted to contribute to Forefront and have been able to see God not only working in the church, but also working in my heart and stretching my faith through this discipline of tithing.
God doesn’t ask us to tithe so that he can have our money, He doesn’t need our money. God is looking for us to take our faith out of our income and put it into Him. God gets my first fruits and it's a joy to see how he uses them through Forefront to impact lives in our church and our community.