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Give your best, first

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Giving is not always included in material about spiritual disciplines for Christian life, but it is important not to neglect this discipline.  Nowhere else in Scripture does God tell His people to test Him.  When we are told to give as a test of the Lord’s goodness, we can believe that He will live up to His promises.

Take note:  giving is not about money.  The Sovereign Creator of the universe does not need your dollars and cents.  He wants your devotion, your obedience, your love.  He wants your life to be about Him and that means not holding on to earthly things.  He wants to be first in your life.  By giving the first of your finances, the first of your time, the best of your affections, you are showing God that He is first in your life.  And that doesn’t just have to be the “tithe”.

Tithing is not about the numbers.  Some bicker about how much one is to tithe (10% of gross income vs 10% of net income, etc).  Ideally, we would all give much more than just 10% of our income.  It’s not about the numbers, it’s about the heart (2 Corinthians 9:7, Mark 12:41-44).  There is no set number on how much to give, but there certainly is a command to give (Malachi 3, Numbers 18).

The principle to remember in this discipline is that “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6).  We must give God our best, first.

A good steward

A disciple

Matthew 25:20-21  And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Even if you consider yourself poor, you’ve been given a lot in this life.  God has provided you with time, breath, relationships, jobs, education, housing, money, talent, vehicles, luxuries. While all of the above may not be true for you, at least some of these things have been placed in your care.  They don’t belong to you, but you have the responsibility to take care of these things and make the best use of them.

Some squander everything they’ve been given, never fully utilizing their resources for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom.  But you don’t have to be one of those people.  You have a job?  Work hard as though working for the Lord and not for man. (Colossians 3:23)  You have children?  Work hard to train them up in the way they should go and when they’re older they won’t depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)  You have money?  Make it work for God. (Luke 16:9)  Married?  Husbands love your wives, (Ephesians 5:25) wives submit to your husbands. (Ephesians 5:22)  Most of all, use your time for the things of God.  You only have so much of it.

No matter what it is, it belongs to God and it’s only been put in your possession for a time.  Make the most of it for the glory of God.  Take care of what you have, but don’t worship it.  Worship the One who gave it.