Heavenly-minded people will do things that earthly-minded people merely scoff at. There are many times that heavenly minded people will even turn down opportunities to make money through some business deal because they simply have no interest in doing what it would take to make the money. Time and time again, I have been approached with "sure deals" that I have turned down simply because that is not my desire. Many of these sure deals (ways of making money) make perfect sense to the earthly-minded person – but the heavenly-minded person understands that his or her dependence should always be upon their God. I don’t mean to infer that the spiritual person is not interested in making a living for their family. It’s just that some of the things offered to me would side-track me from the true priorities of life.
Acts 10:1-2 “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” Cornelius gave, and he prayed. These two practices force one into a more spiritual state of mind. You cannot even begin to think spiritually until you are a giver and a pray-er.
Pastor Cho in Seoul, Korea, used to tell his church members that unless they tithed their money, they could not even consider themselves Christian. You might say, “Isn’t that being a bit legalistic to say that we must tithe in order to be a Christian?” My response to that is that only earthly-minded people worry about legalism. Heavenly-minded people worry about obedience. Why not concern yourself with whether or not you can be in obedience to the Lord and not give Him what you owe Him. Shouldn’t obedience to His Word be a bigger issue in your life?
To be a spiritual thinker you must set your affections (your mind), on things above, not on things on earth. To struggle with tithing is to be so tied to this world that you will not let go of the security blanket we call “money.” If money is your security, you cannot let God have it. Giving releases you to think about heaven.
Jesus put it this way in Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” That’s not just a cute little saying; it’s a divine principle. The spiritual thinker must have his or her heart surrendered - and the heart is where one's treasure is. The more you give to God, the more you think about spiritual things. I have never met a spiritual man who is not a giver. In fact, I believe it is impossible to get close to God without desiring to obey Him in the area of giving.
I’ll admit that I get weary of the teaching that says, “You can’t out give God. The more you give Him, the more you will get back.” Though I fully believe in the law of sowing and reaping, if that is the only motive you have for giving to God, then it’s possible for you to be earthly-minded - even while considering yourself spiritual. You have merely stumbled upon a principle that allows you to maintain an earthly-mindedness.