TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
TITHES2 Chronicles 31:10
Kristen Stewart didn’t just stroll up to the Twilight set and grin for the camera. And it’s unlikely that Christian Bale found the keys to the Batmobile on his doormat. Like all actors, they have agents behind the scenes working up deals, securing auditions and negotiating contracts. Without a good agent, an actor can say ‘goodbye Hollywood, greetings coffee shop’. That’s why actors pay agents a minimum 10 per cent of all they earn.
Think about this – every day God is working behind the scenes, securing your needs, negotiating your living conditions, enabling every part of the universe to function in order that you can go about your day-to-day. It’s no wonder the Bible suggests we show our ‘agent’ a little gratitude. Church lingo calls this a ‘tithe’. Malachi 3:10 talks about it: ‘Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be food in my house. Test me in this...I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.’
God has the heavens and universe stretched out before Him, He really doesn’t need our scraps to live off. But what tithing demonstrates is our gratitude and faith. Giving back to God acknowledges where the original gift came from and it shows we have faith that God will continue to provide for us.
How are you doing with your giving? Make a plan to give generously, to those around you and to your church.