Our giving and caring are the only aspects of our lives that will last the test of time into eternity. Sharing is essential for a disciple of Christ because when we are able to give of ourselves and the money we have received from God, it is then that we experience heaven on earth. If we cling to our money and the things of this world, we cannot long for heaven. Disciples of Christ invest their treasures where their hearts already are—in Christ and his mission. There can be no such thing as a stingy disciple. We will never be the disciples God intends us to be if we are unable to generously return a goodly share of what we receive. God did not give his Son’s life as a sacrifice for us to devote ourselves to a self-indulgent lifestyle. Deep within the soul of every disciple of Christ lies the truth, that more creature comforts will only further disconnect us from Christ’s eternal kingdom. More people are sidetracked from becoming a disciple by their inability to tithe than by anything else. Money, wealth, and financial security are not bad or sinful things in and of themselves. However, when our money becomes more important than being a disciple, it becomes a destructive force within our lives that disconnects us from God’s presence, power, and promises. The Bible teaches that money tests our faith more than anything else in all of life! When we are able to pass this test of money, with the Spirit’s help, it is then that our faith grows exponentially.