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A Priceless Step Of Faith - Glenn Elrod’s Story

Glenn Elrod's Story

I thought that I was trusting Jesus with everything.

Over a year of exhausting, aggressive treatments of a non-cancerous tumor on my pituitary gland forced me to trust Jesus with my health and my dreams. I had to give up my first true job after college and wasn't sure where my career would go from there.

God used tithing to change my priorities and my passion.

But even though I allowed Jesus to take control of my life during that time, I knew that I was holding something back. I had never given Him control of my money.

Preparing For A Breakthrough

In 2010, my NewSpring home group encouraged us to share our spiritual struggles so we could pray for each other.

I really thought about it and realized that my biggest struggle was being generous. I was greedy, being focused on myself and not others.

I see now that God used that time of confession and prayer to prepare me for a breakthrough.

A Call To Surrender

Just one month later, Pastor Robert Morris visited NewSpring and explained what the Bible said about tithing in a way I'd never heard before.

His message revealed to me that I needed to put Jesus first in everything I do. Even my finances.

I was used to putting leftover change in the offering plate when it came by, but never understood giving 10 percent of my income to God through the church.

Unexpected Blessing

This was one area of my life that I hadn't surrendered at all. I knew this was what God wanted me to do, so I decided try it and see what happened.

A month after I began tithing, I ran into my high school football coach at Cracker Barrel after church.

I was just starting to look for a full-time job since my health was under control, and he mentioned Glenview Middle School needing coaches to help start their football and basketball programs. This is something I had always been interested in, but had never pursued. One week later, I got the job.

I continued to tithe and God began to replace my self-centered habits with generosity, in both my finances and my time. I began to find joy investing in the lives of my students and players.

My Calling Revealed

Through obedience, Jesus changed my heart and revealed my calling: working with and mentoring kids by showing them the love of Jesus.

Volunteering with Fuse has given me a front row seat to what God is doing in the lives of our youth through NewSpring Church.

The first night of Fuse's Summer Kick-Off event, I knew that there was no other place I was supposed to be than worshiping side by side with students and players from my school.

Looking Back

I am still amazed at the immediacy of God's blessing. God used tithing to change my priorities and my passion.

He gave me more than a job. He gave me a purpose. Truly, you can't outgive God!

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