Sounds of My Writings: More Than Your Tithe
Ever sensed as though your giving is not producing breakthrough? For many years you and I have been taught that by giving to God your tithe or offering you are promised wealth, health, and prosperity. Too often as a Pastor, I’ve had to address two distant behaviors that are harming the body of Christ and believers across the world as they give.
The first is, you and I can not adopt an ideology that claims that somehow we can “purchase” a blessing. By giving to the work of God, your giving should be a “cheerful” act of worship that reaches the heart of God. You and I can not hold claim to divine riches as though God is indebted to us. This attitude will certainly kill any hope of seeing any breakthrough. God prefers your heart rather than your money. So give cheerfully.
The second is, your financial giving can not mask or disguise your moral responsibility or lifestyle. Far too many people have become deceived that by giving to God or the work of God, this makes them righteous and God is pleased. Your righteousness is determined by your relationship with God and man, through Christ Jesus. So in your cheerful giving, do not neglect to do what is morally right in the eyes of God, now begin praying for a breakthrough.
42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.
44 “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”
45 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher when you say these things, you insult us also.”
46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.