Many people “give” only to “get.” They choose to give money so they will be blessed, which is backward thinking. We as God’s people should seek to “get” in order to “give.” Keeping God as your top priority and having a financial plan based on the goal of being more generous will allow you to pursue both God and wealth. It all begins with an assessment of your heart.Your heart reveals who you are. It reveals your desires, your motivation, and ultimately who you become. Matthew 6:21 says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (niv). So I ask you, what is your treasure and where is your heart? How do you view money, and how important is money to you? Now you may be like many and say money does not matter to you. You may even say that money is the root of all evil or that it’s hard for the rich to enter heaven, so you do not pursue wealth. It’s not your thing . . . You may even think your money struggles and challenges are your sacrifice for God. Often many people falsely identify riches as evil because of the rich young ruler portrayed in Matthew chapter 19. When you break God’s Word down and look at God’s most basic interest in you, you’ll find that He wants to know the intentions of your heart. Your heart reveals how you view money. Are you in love with God or money? It is “the love of money” (1 Timothy 6:10 niv) that is the root of all evil, not the money itself. Money is neither good nor evil. It can be used for both good and evil purposes. Most of the people I have observed who say money is not important act otherwise. The words speak, but the actions speak louder. A person who struggles with money is often a slave to money. Many who say money is not important focus and desire money more than those who have abundance. This is because those struggling are often up to their eyeballs in debt, are less likely to be able to “afford” to tithe, and choose jobs rather than callings to “pay the bills.” In other words, they let money control their choices—what they can and cannot afford to buy, whether they can or cannot give, and where they work. This can be as dangerous as the person “in love” with money. It can have the same power over you. The rich young ruler needed to get rid of his riches because the riches were first in his life—above God. If you place God above riches, there is no reason to view money as evil. In fact, it can be used for His purposes. If you instead choose to have power over money, you can use money as a tool to advance God’s kingdom by supporting ministries and helping to build churches, thereby saving lives and souls for God’s glory. How you think about money and your relationship with money reflect your true intentions. How you earn money and what you do are what matters most. A desire to be wealthy so you can be more generous is not wrong. However, a desire to be wealthy so you can be self-indulgent is wrong. I wrote The Faith-Based Millionaire to help people “get” more so they could “give” more. The “Get to Give Manifesto” involves seven commitments: 1. Commit to tithing (10 percent of your income and financial gains) and commit to offerings (additional gifts above your tithe).2. Commit to having a larger vision of how you can help advance God’s kingdom—your specific calling and how God can use your time, talents, and treasure.3. Commit to change your perspective of wealth—it is a tool that is used to do more of God’s work.4. As a Christ follower, commit to take more risks! Stop being so cautious all the time; stop seeking safety! God wants you to lay it on the line.5. Commit to increase your assets so you have more to give.6. Commit to become better educated about your finances—choose sound investments that complement your faith.7. Commit to seek wise counsel from a team of professionals who share your faith. Poverty does not spread the gospel; it spreads hopelessness and despair. It costs money to fund ministries, build churches, print tracts, and feed bodies and souls. You can win at the money game and experience financial freedom that will allow God to fully use your time, talents, and treasure! Learn how to truly “master” your money rather than being “enslaved” by it. This is a choice—which path will you choose?