Deuteronomy 14:23 teaches the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.
God doesn’t need my money, most of us have heard, said or felt at one time or another.
We have all seen the misuse of money particularly by those we entrusted with it. Perhaps the most universal complaint against the Church is its apparent need, demand and use of money. Regardless of which religious show you watch on television all of them will be asking for money.
On any given Sunday most churches will ask their congregation to give and will remind them of God’s requirement for them to put in 10% of their income.
If God doesn’t need the money why does He require it from us?
What do we love more than money or what money represents? Nothing really if we are brutally honest.
Money represents opportunities, freedom, comfort, pleasure, security and prestige. All of the best people have money and who among us doesn’t want to be one of the best?
But God requires we love Him first and most if we are to enter into His Kingdom.
When God lived among us as a man, the Savior Jesus from Nazareth, He warned us we cannot love God and money.
Those who fail to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength will fail obedience to His first command which makes doing the second one even more difficult which is loving our neighbor as our self.
Giving frees us from the prison of worry, selfishness and isolation. Giving connects us to God and others and demonstrates trust in Him Who feeds the birds and clothes the fields with flowers.
We need to give because we need to be free, free to love God and free to love others otherwise we will remain alone and imprisoned by our own selfishness.
A truly poor way to live indeed.