A Heart of Giving
God wants you to excel in the grace [favorable and generous ability] of giving? It’s because God influences the world through His people. He gives to you so that he can give through you!
The Bible tells us that everything we have is a gift from God (1 Chronicles 29:14). As you give both faithfully and fully-in-faith, the world is changed for the glory of God: the gospel is preached, lives are touched, people are fed, bodies are healed, churches are built; and you, in turn, are blessed by God so that you can give again.
Tithes & Offerings
A tithe, is it different from an offering? The word, “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you choose to give above and beyond the 10%.
Why tithe? The Bible says, the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your life. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the source and supplier of everything that we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says, “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.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, God is saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me!”
Is God wise? Do you trust him? These are the two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then it is paramount that you listen to what He says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust Him in all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what God does in and through your life.
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