Sunday, December 18, 2005

GIVE TITHES TO GOD CHEERFULLY

God outlines for us a great economic lifestyle when we enter into a covenantal relation­ship with Him. We are privileged to use the 90% He has given us to meet our own personal needs. Then we are to return to Him a minimum of our income - the 10°,6 off the top before taxes. Tithing is His minimum standard. We are to do this not grudgingly or of necessity but cheerfully. "Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." (II Cor. 9:8) When giving is cheerful, it will also be generous. God is not primarily occupied with the amount of the gift, but with the motive that lies behind it. After all, everything in the world belongs to God (Psalm 24:1). My gift to Him does not make Him any richer but only indicates my obedience to His commandment. Because I love Him, I tithe my income.

Jesus reaffirmed that we should tithe, and do more for Him - loving God and treating others fairly. He said. "For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass byiustice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the other undone. " (Luke 12:42) But we disobey, thinking that the 90% we have is not 'enough.' We nibble away at the tithes that are God's. Therefore we are cursed by God for we are robbing Him (Malachi 3:8-12)

4 comments:

jacksons said...

Isa 9:2 ESV
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.


2 Cor 4:6 ESV
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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Merry Christmas to you.
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The Jacksons, now 3.

bradley said...

Salam hangat dari Indonesia,

I stumbled accros this blog by accident this morning and found it very enlightening!! I sensed that you have so much more experience in ministries than me and I want to learn a lot more. Our church is similar to yours and we are now starting to outreach young people in Jakarta. Therefore it will be very exciting to share our experiences and ideas!

Please visit my blog and continue to keep in touch.

Bradley
Jakarta, Indonesia

keropok lekor said...

Shalom Alaichem,

Sungguh saya digalakkan dalam iman dengan hanya membaca renungan yang diletakkan dalam blog saudara.

Izinkan saya mengulang terbit blog saudara ya. Semoga Tuhan terus memberkati.

fauzi

The Hedonese said...

Apa Itu Da Vinci Code ?

http://theagora.blogspot.com/2006/05/apakah-itu-da-vinci-code.html