Give God His Tithe (4)
There are three kinds of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb. To get even a spark from a flint you have to hammer it. To get anything out of a sponge you have to squeeze it. But a honeycomb just overflows with sweetness. So which kind of giver are you?
The Psalmist writes, ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him…for those who fear Him lack nothing’ (vv 8-9 NIV).
Tithing is an act of worship. Of the 118 hours you’re awake each week, almost half are involved in earning money (if you’re already working, of course). So when you give God your money, you’re giving Him your brain, your brawn, and yourself. When you go to the Lord’s house on the Lord’s Day, partake of the Lord’s Supper and put the Lord’s tithe into the Lord’s treasury, it’s an act of profound worship.
Now, let’s be clear: a God who paves heaven’s streets with gold isn’t going to go broke because you don’t give Him a tithe of your income. But you might! This sign appeared on a church marquee: ‘Give God a tithe in proportion to you income, lest in case He becomes displeased with you and gives you an income in proportion to your tithe.’
The act of tithing isn’t about the tithe; it’s about the tither. It’s not about the gift; it’s about the giver. It’s not about the money (Ka-ching! Ka-ching!); it’s about the man or woman. It’s not about possessions; it’s about the possessor. As the songwriter Isaac Watts said, ‘Were the whole realm of nature mine; that were an offering far too small. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’
‘…those who fear Him lack nothing.’ Psalms 34:9 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
John 4:10, 14; 7:37; 8:12; Revelation 21:6; 22:17
if you knew the gift of God… you would have asked Him, & He would have given you living water! Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty! The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. If anyone thirst, let him come to me & drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life! To the thirsty I will give from the springs of the water of life without payment! Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price!
The word drink means to constantly be drinking! It is my prayer that you would never stop drinking of Christ! Drink & drink today & you will be amazed! Only believe & drink! Never delay!