I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
—Corrie Ten Boom
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.
— Leviticus 27:30
Our wealth is not our own. This is a hard concept to understand and even harder live by. Our wealth “belongs to the Lord.” We are to honor Him first and foremost. (I Corinthians 16:2; Mark 12:44) If we fail to give to Him, to withhold what is His for His use, we are thieves, stealing from God.
According to statistics gathered for his book, The Hole in the Gospel, Richard Sterns, President of World Vision, estimates that if every American churchgoer tithed 10% of their income, instead of the current cumulative average of 2.5%, there would be an extra $168 billion dollars given; more than enough, he claims, to fund universal primary healthcare for every child in the world, bring clean water to most of the world’s poor, and provide basic health and nutrition to everyone in the world.
Do you want to change the world? It’s easy: Fear and trust God by serving Him with your bank account. Sacrifice your treasures on earth for your treasure in Heaven.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
Questions for reflection and discussion: Do you feel that giving of your wealth is important? Do you tithe? Why or why not? Do you fell that you give enough?