And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy unto the LORD.
According to Forbes magazine’s March 2009 ranking, Bill Gates, retired co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, is the world’s richest person with a net worth of approximately $40 billion–down from $58 billion in 2008. Suppose you were feeling particularly generous one day and offered Mr. Gates a penny to help with his daily expenses. He might take your penny so as not to offend you, but does he really need it? What is one cent compared to 40 billion dollars?
Comparing America’s smallest coin with the world’s largest fortune doesn’t come close to equaling the disparity between God’s wealth and our tithes and offerings. Does the God who owns everything (Job 41:11b; Haggai 2:8) need our money? Of course not. Why, then, do we give? We give a tenth (or more) of everything to the Lord as a reminder that nothing belongs to us–that everything we have comes from Him and belongs to Him. Giving is an obedient act of worship that reveals what we believe about that which we call “ours.”
God doesn’t need us to give for His sake, but we need to give for ours. Giving is how we remember how much we have been given. ——–from Turning Point
Are you giving God what is right or what is left?