Malachi 3:8 – 10 – “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 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 there will not be room enough to store it.”
Can you imagine the impact we could have on the world if more Christians were to accumulate wealth? They would need one other quality in their lives for this to make a difference. They would also need to be obedient to giving. It is of little value to be Christian and to acquire great wealth, if you will not use it for God.
We’ve had a look at setting up a savings account and saving regularly. We’ve also looked at our budget in detail and discovered where we can cut back or make changes. The ability to generate further income has also been explored. Now I want to focus on giving.
There are many things that cannot be done in this world without money. Churches often struggle because their whole congregation is not obedient to giving.
Everything that we receive comes from God. It’s a pretty generous God who gives to us and then asks that in return we provide him with a tenth of this, to carry out his works on this earth. Ten percent seems like a small amount to me – but at the end of the day if everyone was tithing or providing offerings into God’s house, so much more could be done than is currently achieved.
It is my prayer for you:
- That you will grasp the concept that all money comes from God and is given to you as an act of love and stewardship.
- That you will endeavour to give a tithe or offering into your church regularly.
- That you will find it within your means to give more than the ten percent that is talked about in regards to tithing.
Lord I thank you that you have entrusted me with finances. Help me to give back to you that which is rightly yours, by investing in your church. Help me too, to pray for wisdom for the people who handle your finances in churches around the world.
Be clear on payment terms before undertaking a job so that you know where you stand; don’t set yourself up to be dissatisfied if you learn someone else has better terms than what you agreed upon.