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Sooner or later, you’ll discover it - It’s not some new math, some twisted form of algebra, or even a modified version of addition and subtraction. Instead, it’s often described as God math, and it defies all sorts of human logic. It works like this: you give money to the church or to someone in need, even though you don’t really have it to give. You make a sacrifice. God then does a miraculous thing: since you’ve done his business, he takes care of yours. You find that your own need is satisfied, sometimes in a surprising way.

Anne Frank summed it up this way: “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Did you ever wonder why? It could be that being generous with our finances allows us to be rich in faith. The more we see God math in our own lives, the more confident we become that God really will meet all of our needs.

Besides all that, though, giving a regular tithe demonstrates to God that we consider him more important than we consider money. It keeps us from allowing money to become an idol in our lives. Have you ever thought about it that way?

The truth is, God doesn’t just want our cash—even if it does help fund church programs and ministries. What he really wants is our hearts. He wants us to turn to him and say, “Whatever I have, it’s yours.”

This week, our Irresistible Invitation study focuses on being fit for kingdom living, and the Scripture memory verse you’ll go over in your Sunday school/small-group meeting is this: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12 NIV).

That said, consider this: what more has God done than give? This reminds us that we can never pay back God for his great gifts to us. One thing we can do, however, is cheerfully start with the tithe, the very least he asks of us. Set aside that 10 percent every week as soon as you get a paycheck, and you’ll never miss it. It will show God that you’re serious about putting him first—and it will continue to give him opportunities to supply your every need, just as he promised he would.