Recently I have become a little preoccupied with finance. It probably started when I received a telephone summoning me to our area office to discuss my proposals for our corps budget for the next 12 months. Then this week I read an article about a subject that I have discovered can turn some people into hedgehogs, making them very prickly and defensive. You know - 'tithing'. Here are just two reasons why I think we should give God at least a tenth of our income. First, I believe that not to do so dishonours God. Second, I believe it stops us receiving from God some of the blessings he wants to give us. If we stop to consider, even for just a few moments, the generosity of God towards us, it quickly becomes apparent how impoverished we would be without his generosity. Not to offer to him then, the first tenth of what he has given to us seems a little selfish and ungrateful. Many of the blessings which God gives to us depend on our faith and trust in Him. To be so worried about material things that we do not give God his due shows a lack of trust in God. Tithing is not an attitude of mind; it is a matter of the heart. It was when I put my heart right with God, that I personally accepted the principle that all I had belonged to God. Tithing really is about thankfulness and trust, thanking God for what he has provided and trusting him to provide in the future. Paul wrote to a church in Rome and said - "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday ordinary life ............ and place it before God as an offering." (chapter 12, verse 1The Message translation). If we do that, "tithing" shouldn't be a problem.
God Bless You,
Major David