WHY GIVE A PORTION OF YOUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO GOD?
At Engage Church Duluth we have five values the we hold in front of us, to help lead us to the people we want to become. They are:
Spend more time with God
Connect in community
Serve from our giftedness and passions
We want to become people that live generously not because we want something from people, but rather we want something for people.
Read Malachi 3:8-11.
Here we find the only instance in the Bible where God issues a challenge to test us in the area of financial giving.
Tithing Has a Long History
The word tithe actually means “one tenth.” In the Old Testament, Abraham presented a tithe to Melchizedek, the priest-king of Jerusalem (Genesis 14:18-20). Later, Jacob pledged to offer God a tithe of all his possessions upon his safe return home (Genesis 28:22)
Tithing Strengthens the Church
The tithe was meant for the House of the Lord. In the Old Testament, this meant the finical support of the Temple and the priests. In the New Testament, this means the support of the church. As Christians, it is vitally important that we become an active part of a local body of believers, which also means supporting our church financially.
Tithing Brings Gods Blessing
This brings us to God’s personal challenge. If we are faithful to keep our priorities in order, God promises to “open the windows of heaven” for us and provide for our needs (Malachi 3:10). This does not mean that God will provide everything we want. God only promises to provide for our needs not our greeds.
What does this mean for us?
God is not asking us to give because he needs our resources. The whole world is at His disposal. He is challenging us to make Him the focus of our lives, rather than our possessions. He does not want us to give to get, but to give because we have received. When we show our love to God by giving, He promises to show His faithfulness in return!