At a church service a wealthy man stood up to testify about his faith. He said, “I’m a millionaire and I attribute all my wealth to the rich blessings of God in my life. I remember the turning point in my faith. I had just earned my first dollar and I went to church that night. The speaker was a missionary who told about his work. I knew that I only had a dollar bill and had to either give it all or nothing at all. I gave the whole dollar to God that night, I gave everything I had. I believe God blessed that decision and that is why I am a rich man today because I gave everything I had that night.”
At this point he sat down very satisfied with himself but a young man close by, a little tired of the man’s bravado, said, “I dare you to do it again.”
I bet he didn’t.
Giving tithes to God is a spiritual issue. Part of our growth as Christians is the ability to show love to God by giving part of our income as an expression of love to Him and as a means of building His kingdom.
It’s important that we understand why we give our offerings. Money is a very personal topic but it is also a spiritual topic because what we do with our money is a reflection of where our priorities are. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”
We give to show where our hearts are.
Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away and we need to be focusing on our gratitude toward God for all He has done. I love Thanksgiving. Our tradition is to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade throughout the morning. We love to watch the floats and all the cool things in the parade then Santa makes his appearance usually as Mannheim Steamroller plays. It’s awesome. Then we watch the Westminster Dog Show. We always hope the beagle or the dachshund will win. Then we give thanks. It’s a great day. It should be a worshipful day in which we thank God for all He’s done.
We want God to know that we love Him so we give part of our incomes to His church as an act of worship. Sacrificial giving is the New Testament teaching regarding our giving as evidenced by the woman who anointed Jesus with the expensive perfume.
We give also because we want to build His church, to make it grow strong as an act of worship. God calls the Church His Body, His Bride and His Temple. If it is this important to Him then it should be so to us as well and we should do everything we can to make it strong including supporting it financially.
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 instructs us to sow generously so that we can reap a generous harvest for Christ. This Thanksgiving, enjoy the turkey and your time with family but remember that none of it would be possible without the blessings of God.
Rob Morton is minister of First Christian Church Middlesboro. Contact him at [email protected]