Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine..
My wife and I like to go out to eat occasionally. No fancy places mind you, nor dumps either; just a clean place to sit and be served a good meal. At lunch one day the lady who waited on us was very courteous. The food was delivered promptly and was good. It came time to pay the bill and I added the tip to the bill as I paid it. As we left my wife asked, “How much did you leave her?” I said, “I left fifteen percent of the bill.” She looked at me with the, I cannot believe you look. (Guys you know what look I mean.) Then she said, “That is not enough, you should be leaving about twenty percent with today’s prices the way they are.” Hey, I am sorry, but no one had told me of the etiquette change, and besides, did not the price of the meal go up too? Anyway, to make a long story short, I now try to leave twenty percent or more.
I said all that to say this. When was the last time you sat in church, the offering plate comes by, and you tossed in your offering, then someone says, “You know we ought to be putting in more today with the way prices are.” I am sure that never happened. How about at least giving a tithe? Some people have such a hard time giving ten percent to God who gave them everything they have but have no problem giving a waiter or waitress a fifteen to twenty percent tip even though all they did was to bring them a burger. Maybe we ought to forget tithing and start tipping God. It seems we respect our servers more that the King of Kings.
Really, we should not be guided by a tithe. From a loving heart for God, we should be willing to give to the Lord through the local church to help tell others what He can do for them. The Bible says honor God with our firstfruits, and He in turn will have no problem blessing us. It is not the money He wants; it is the heart of gladness toward Him for His own.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 49, 50 / Psalm 59 / Proverbs 3 / John 2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 119:89-176 / 1 Co. 6
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