Giving & Tithing
When you think of all that Christ did for us on the cross and what He continues to do for us today, it feels so inadequate to simply tell Him, “Thank you.” He has given us eternal life when we didn’t deserve it. And if we look closely at our lives, I’m sure we’ll find countless things He has done for us.
So how do we thank Him for all that He has done? What can we possibly do to show Him our gratitude?
One way we can honor and thank God for His gift of salvation is by bringing our tithes and offerings to the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:28-29 says, “Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come before Him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” (ESV)
You worship God when you acknowledge His sovereignty in your life and give Him credit for the blessings in your life. It’s God who gives you the ability to produce – every good thing you have was given to you from your Father who loves you (Deut. 8:18).
Jesus gives us another reason why giving is so important to Christians in Matthew 6:19–21:
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (ESV)
Simply put, what you have on earth will not endure forever; these earthly treasures will not last but fade away. But what a privilege we are given when God allows us to use what He’s given us to bless others and invest in the work of His kingdom. Jesus wants us to experience the joy in His truth that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (ESV)
As we read God’s Word, we become familiar with the mind of God in regards to giving. Your Father in heaven wants your heart to be inclined towards Him and His kingdom which will never fade away.