The former great football player Barry Sanders was signed fresh out of college by the Detroit Lions in 1989. Many eyebrows were raised when he was offered $6.1 million for five years. More criticism came when Sanders was also given an immediate signing bonus of $2.1 million. He and his agents were accused of greed. Objections were somewhat silenced, however, when word leaked out that Sanders had sent a check for $210,000 to his little Baptist church in Wichita, Kansas. Sanders is a tither. Both the size of that check and the fact that it was the first one he wrote made a powerful impact. What a person believes in fully and loves devotedly, he or she will give to sacrificially.
If people could study the stubs in your checkbook, what or whom would they conclude comes first in your life?
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)