Somehow God uses our giving to further his kingdom. I think that’s one of many reasons that God commands and tells us to give back to Him. For when we give to Him, it acknowledges Him as the source of everything in our life, not just financial provision. In Leviticus,, He commanded that tithes and offerings be brought into the storehouse to provide for the priests and that these offerings would be holy unto the Lord. In Proverbs 3:9-10, He promises that those who honor Him in these ways would have barns that overflowed.
In New Testament times, with our giving, we get to advance missions, support local ministry and help those in need. But, ultimately, all of this is to enable the kingdom to move forward and to help us realize how much money can get a hold of our hearts, if we’re not careful to love Jesus more. Paul warns us that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10) and indeed we don’t have to look far in the world to see what evil has happened around the pursuit of money. Even in the church world, sadly, there’s much corruption around money. That’s why the writer of Hebrews tells us to be content with what we have and to know that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). That’s why prayerful examination is so important in making sure that we are honoring Him, above all, with our first and with our best. Because after all, the Father gave us His first and best in Jesus.
I’d like us to be praying for our time together on Sunday as we examine how to best use our time God has given us on this earth. To that end, please read Psalm 90.
We give, because He first gave to us!