“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.”
– Psalm 24:1-2
Everything is God’s. He made it all. One of the ways we respond faithfully to God is by using the resources He has entrusted to us for His glory. The problem is we often take God’s resources and figure out ways to bless us rather than honor God. This is one of the reasons scripture talks so much about money and what we do with it. This is the reason Jesus taught so much about money. Jesus summed the issue up well when He said, “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
The biblical concept of tithing (tithe means “a tenth part”) is about not being controlled by a false god. When we give God the first fruits of our labor, it is an act of faith. It is trusting in the Lord’s provision and not our money. It is one of the ways we worship. It is one of the ways we grow in discipleship. It is one of the ways we engage in God’s mission in the world. We don’t give financially to the church because God needs some of our money. We give because God wants all of our heart.
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” – Malachi 3:10
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7