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Tithing—Bringing Our Best to God

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Tithing—Bringing Our Best to God

One way we can know if our heart is right, is to see tithing as bringing our very best to God. Have you ever invited someone to stay in your home, and you offered them your bed while you slept on the couch or floor? Or perhaps you invited a guest to your home and fed them with a meal that’s not necessarily your usual food?

We know it’s the right thing to do because we want to honor them. God deserves the same consideration from us.

This is what the Lord of Armies says: “A son honors his father, and a servant honors his master. So if I am a father, where is my honor? If I am a master, where is my respect? You priests despise my name.” “But you ask, ‘How have we despised your name?[1]

Notice the words honor, reverence, and the opposite word, despise.

It makes me think of Proverbs 3:9, “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the FIRST and BEST part of all your income.”[2]

You’ll notice here in Malachi 1, God is actually speaking to the priests because spiritual leaders always set the tone for the rest. I want you to know that all the pastors of this church tithe. We have the challenge to not tithe just because it’s required, but from our heart of hearts we are giving God our FIRST and our BEST.

God challenged the priest saying it’d be better to close the doors of the temple than to bring less than their best to God.[3] Tithing is bringing our very best to God.

[1] Malachi 3:6 GW

[2] GW

[3] Malachi 1:7-10 GW

 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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