Handling God's Money Part 1: Tithe
Since we now know that everything is God’s, how do we responsibly handle God’s money? Proverbs 3:9 states “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” It tells us how to honor the Lord, it is what we should desire in life: honoring the Lord. We honor Him by giving our firstfruits of everything we earn. Firstfruit is often referred to as tithe. A similar scripture in Lev 27:30 that uses the word tithe, which means one tenth. We are to give 10% of our earnings to the Lord. It is how we honor Him and trust that He is in control. We are only stewards of His money, so we are to be obedient and follow His instructions in tithing. Continuing with the scripture in Proverbs, verse 10 is the promise that comes with tithing. “Then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” If we trust and obey in God to give him our firstfruits He will bless you. The first thing we do in handling God’s money is to first tithe what is due back to the Lord, by giving it the church where you are fed.
Pastor Bryan Christenson