Give God His Tithe (2)
Jacob wasn’t a giver by nature. Quite the opposite, in fact! He cheated his brother Esau out of his birthright, which entitled him to twice as much of their father’s inheritance. And when he worked for his father-in-law Laban, he took advantage of Laban too.
But one night Jacob met God in a life-changing dream, and when he woke the next morning he told God, ‘…of all that You give me I will give You a tenth.’ Note, this was hundreds of years before the Law of Moses was instituted, which said, ‘A tithe of everything…belongs to the Lord…’ (Leviticus 27:30 NIV).
Jacob wasn’t motivated by law, he was motivated by love for God. You can give without loving; some folks give under pressure, or to impress others, or to get an income tax deduction. But you can’t love without giving! The Bible says, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…’ (John 3:16 AKJV). You’re never more like God than when you’re in the act of giving.
Jesus said, ‘…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’ (Matthew 6:33 AKJV). Tithing is about putting God and His kingdom first. When self, home, business, and pleasure come first in your life, your priorities are out of whack. Tithing reverses that order and puts God where He rightfully belongs—in first place.
When God instructs you to tithe, He’s telling you to establish the habit of putting Him in the number one slot as a life principle. When you do, Jesus said ‘all these things’ you’re so concerned about will be ‘added to you’.
‘…I will give you a tenth.’ Genesis 28:22 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 12:1-2, 28-29
the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness & worldly passions & to live self-controlled, upright, & Godly lives in this present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God & savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness & to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works! let us also lay aside every weight, & sin which clings so closely, & let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder & perfecter of our faith! Let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence & awe, for our God is a consuming fire!
God is training you to live a Godly life! Look to Jesus & you will be able to run with endurance! Be zealous for His good work in you! God loves you& has provided everything you need! Seek Him today! Never delay!