I wonder how many Christians in America really believe the teaching of Jesus? I mean, "How many really believe it?" I doubt that the number is actually that large. Jesus plainly taught that we should "Lay up your treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt and where thieves do not break in to steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Mathew 6:20-21).
From observation I see few who actually live this teaching. Most of us believe that we are obligated to give God a tip, or maybe even 10% as a tithe, if we are really religious. (Remember, a modern tip is now 15%.) But the text does not stop there at all. It says that where our money is amounts to the place where our heart is. American Christians are finding out these days where their hearts really are and the picture is not that pretty. I have never seen so much fear and anguish. And we still go to bed with that all we need, or at least most of us do.
When was the last time you gave up anything that you would have enjoyed and deeply appreciated so that you could give sacrificially to the work of Jesus?