This is one thing that many people are sensitive about. They want to see what the Bible says. If the Scriptures did not say the word such as donation, pledges, tithes etc, they would say it is not Biblical. The reason for us to look for it is to look for an excuse not to give. More incline to do just that, isn’t it. Jesus said, ” Give and you will receive.” God also talks about blessings from heaven. He also talk about treasures in heaven based on our giving. Giving for the ministry of God shows that we love His ministry. Giving is part of the many colours of love. When we are capable of giving, when we have something to give, when we have the opportunity to give, give and you will receive. There will be a time when we might want to give but nothing to give. If we are old and no more working, it would not be possible to give. We would regret it eternally if we have the capacity to give before but didn’t.
AM I ROBBING GOD?
Will a man rob God?Yet you rob me.But you ask.”How do we rob You?”In tithes and offerings.You are under a curse- the whole nation of you-because you are robbing me.(Malachi 3:8-9)
Everything that we have, does not belong to us.God gave them- whether we believe in God or not.Even our life is not our own.But God ask for 10% that we earn and the 90% is ours.Selfishly, we take 100% and therefore is never contented. We keep on chasing after the elusive riches but will never get it.We take the 90% and also the 10% that belongs to God.So we rob God.Therefore we are under a curse.
I thought that tithes is my offerings. But the verse above says tithes and offerings- therefore two different things.Tithes is already God’s but we give what is God’s to God saying that it is our offering.How can that be?
From where is the offering?It is from the 90%.
Well we say I don’t have much.But the verse did not say how much.Just 10%. For instance, if we earn $100.00, what we own in $90.00. God says the $10.00 is His. If we earn $1.00, then 90 cents is ours and 10 cents is God’s.
I don’t have money?Tithes means what you get, be it monetory income, be it what you get from your garden, be it from the gifts.We harvested 100 baskets of padi, 10 baskets belong to God. 100 fish, 10 fish is His.
LORD, I AM SORRY, I HAVE ROBBED YOU
GIVE WHAT IS CEASER’S AND TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD.”
This is what Jesus said about paying taxes.Many of us are very faithful in paying taxes to the government-which is good, but how many of us are willing to pay what belongs to God?
Paying to God what belongs to Him is an eternal investment.What we give to God will pile up as treasures in heaven.That’s what Jesus said.What we give to God is never lost.Every cent of it will be repaid.That is why giving to God some of what we have is saving for eternity.