Giving (Part 3)
A healthy, good athlete needs to excercise, train on a regular basis. Consistently. Also his training needs to be planned and structured. If he has a goal of achieving a certain level of fitness and strength, he can't just excercise however he likes depending on what happens each day, spontaneously, but he has to plan and stick to it.
Too many times we give like an aimless athlete, spontaneously, without a plan. We start out our excercise saying, "Hmmm, it's a nice day today, maybe I'll just do a bit of running..." Then after the running we said, "I wish I had done some stretching first," or "Gym sounds good today, but I've ran out of my energy." Then after a certain period of time we wonder why we aren't achieving the goals that we'd like to meet. Certainly we're improving our health condition, but we're not getting the maximum result.
A clever athlete knows that in order for him to reach his maximum result, he needs to go to a coach and let the coach strategize a good plan for him, and he has to be faithful and obedient to the plan.
Well, we do have a plan already strategized for us in giving, to help us reach the maximum goal with the minimum effort. And the plan is ... tithe.