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. – Malachi 3:10
Does God really need our money? If He truly owns everything, why does He want a tenth of what I make? Well, the truth of the matter is that He does not “need” anything from us but allows us to participate in something so much greater than ourselves. We can hold tightly to what we have and that is the most it will ever become but when we release it into His hands the potential of that seed is endless.
Our intent to give should never be solely to receive. It should be out of reverence and respect for God’s command. God longs to bless us but requires us to take the first step. He’s serious about doing His part and wants to see if we feel the same about upholding our part. Even though we don’t give to receive, God’s Word says there is a circular motion that is generated when the transfer is made from our hands to God. We can never out give Him.
I personally choose to tithe as soon as I receive my paycheck, before any bills get paid. In that way I won’t even consider cheating God out of what is already earmarked by Him as His. Although throughout the month I have had to readjust what I thought to be a need. Also, God being the creator of conservation has taught me creative ways to make ends meet. Nevertheless, no matter what, I always have enough to meet my needs.
Lord, I thank You that You trust me enough to give me 100% of my income and invite me to return a tithe to You. What a blessing it is to participate in advancing Your kingdom by giving back to You the portion that is rightfully Yours in the first place.