Honor the Lord with your possessions
“Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
The purpose of tithing is to teach us to always put God first in our lives. Tithing is the spiritual habit of giving back to God the first 10 percent of all I make. God doesn’t need our money. He wants what it represents: our gratitude, our priorities, and our faith.
Mary and I have found that giving deepens our faith. As we give our first 10% and more to the Lord, He uses all kinds of ways to bless us and care for our needs. Some people think, “It’s impossible (or even irresponsible) to give like that.” And yet those who give generously all testify to how the Proverb above is true. When we honor the Lord, he cares for us.
It says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest…” We give to God first, before anyone else, right off the top of our income.
There’s no question that giving is a demonstration of faith. It can be scary, but the Lord invites us to test Him. In Malachi 3:10, God says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…” That means the place where you worship. Then God says, “Put me to the test!” In a sense, “Test me and see how I will bless you for your obedience.” God says he will provide all that you need.
I’m so thankful that the Lord is meeting our needs here at Grace through people who are giving consistently. Not just because it helps us reach more people locally and globally, but also because God makes special promises to those who trust Him with their giving. I don’t want you to miss out!
Take a moment and read again the two verses above from Proverbs and Malachi. Powerful promises! Jesus believed them enough to echo their teaching. He said, “Give, and you
will receive. Your gift will return to you in full— pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6:38). Let’s trust Him to keep His promises!