When it’s my wife’s birthday I’ll buy her a present “from the boys” so that they get to give her a gift on her birthday.
How many parents here have done a similar thing? Or maybe your parents did that for you?
Or how about pocket money?
My son, Rory has a few chores he has to do around the house and in return he gets a small amount of pocket money. We’re starting to teach him about tithing and want him to give back 10% of his money to Jesus.
Where did the pocket money come from?
Mom and dad.
You could argue and say that he worked for it, but where did the opportunity to do the chores come from so that he could get pocket money?
Mom and dad.
It’s a similar thing with us. Everything we have or do comes from God. We work for “our” money, but it is really God who gave us everything we have.
When we ask Rory to tithe it’s not really about the money. If he does it or does’t do it, we’ll love him the same. We’ll still bless him with his own presents. We’ll provide for his needs.
So why the fuss about tithing, or “sharing” what you have with others?
For me I’m worried about Rory’s heart. Five bucks is so not an issue for me, I could give Rory twenty bucks or even fifty. To him things seem finite, like wow, this five bucks is everything to me. But I’m like, psssh, there’s more where that came from.
It’s not about the cash. It’s about his heart. I want Rory to have a giving heart. I want him to share his toys with his brother. I desperately want him to go through life not chasing after money so that he will learn to find happiness without it.
Giving away part of his money or sharing his toys requires Rory to think of someone other than himself. It requires him to let go control of things that are precious to him and I think that that opens up doors in his heart to know God.
We are the same. God loves us desperately. He gives us everything we have and provides for us but it’s our hearts He’s really after. It not about the cash, like God could ever be short on resources! It’s about letting go control and saying: “God, thank you for Your many blessings.”
And here’s the crazy thing, when we do get to actually get around to giving (even as difficult as it is in the beginning) our hearts begin to soften. We begin to realise that hey, it really is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
And then God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, blesses us in return. That’s the amazing thing. When we give, God gives us more.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”” Luke 6:38 NASB
“The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25 NASB
The Lord even says that we should put Him to the test in this:
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” Malachi 3:10 NLT
Giving to God is like nothing else. We give something He already owns, and get back everything we could never earn.