Does the thought of giving an offering to God seem more like
a task instead of a privilege?
When you hear your pastor or Bible study leader talk about
the importance of giving money to God, do you silently ask the question “why?”
Do you ever wonder what the right motive is for giving to
We know we can never repay God for all He has done for us.
The wonder, power and beauty of the gospel is that we are not expected to do
so. Jesus Christ died once and for all as the sacrifice for sin. For those who
trust Jesus as their personal Savior, there is no longer condemnation.
This means that we do not give monetary contributions
because we are trying to earn God’s favor. Instead, we should give to God
because of our love for the Savior and our desire to obey His commands.
The Barna Group recently released a report indicating a drop
in the number of Americans giving to a church or religious center.
The national tithing rate is also down, as Barna reports
that four percent of adults in America
tithe, a decrease from last year’s seven percent.
When I see numbers like this I can’t help but think about Matthew
6:21 which says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
If we are not giving back a portion to God of what is
already His — is our treasure really in heaven or is it in our checkbooks? We
should give our tithe not out of a sense of duty or because it’s just a good
thing to do. We give because we love God — and this is one way we demonstrate
Under the practices of the Old Testament law, the prophet
Malachi (3:8) radically declared that we are guilty of stealing from God if we
refuse to give tithes and offerings to Him. If you want to be blessed
immensely, then don’t give under the law; instead, give with a heart of grace
as you are guided by the Holy Spirit.
Remember the words found in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “He who
sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also
reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Our giving to God also takes on other forms such as our time
and our talents. Are you investing time in serving Christ in your local church
and home community? Are you using the gifts God has endowed you with in order
to bless others?
Since you received the gift of salvation through Jesus
Christ, you have been given much. As an expression of gratitude, will you give
of your time, your tithes and your talents to glorify God and to bless others
in His name? You will discover immeasurable joy when your treasure is in