Tithing and Offering
This is so important! Tithing and offering should not be looked over because there are so many good things that come out of it. Obviously, no one is required to give any of their money away, but doing so is worth much more in value than keeping it. In order to joyfully offer money to the church, donate, sponsor, give, or volunteer we must first understand the true value of earthly money vs. the value of treasure in Heaven. Through this blog post, I will explain why it is important to give money to your church, to a Christian radio station, to a charity or any other organization out of joy and glory to God. I will also explain the amazing things that come out of giving and what Jesus specifically said about giving.
The Value of Earthly Money
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
Yes, it is true that we do need money to provide for our needs, but what we must understand is that we take none of the money we have with us once we die. It holds no eternal value when it is being hoarded for ourselves. Yet, it does hold eternal value when it is given in God’s name or out of compassion to others. What does that mean? When we give for God’s glory, we build our treasures in Heaven. These treasures are not a 1:1 ratio, they are immeasurably more than we could imagine or know here on earth!
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
It Doesn’t Belong to Us Anyways
Our blessings, our money, our careers and all of the amazing opportunities that may cause us to gain wealth are from God. When we are giving to our churches and other ministries we are giving God what belongs to him. We are allowing people to be able to freely share the gospel and share Jesus’ love with the world. When you are giving to a ministry, you are giving to save souls. Being able to be a part of something like that is absolutely priceless.
God Promises to Provide
Another very important thing to remember is that God provides. He specifically provides to those who are giving in His name. From my personal experience and from others testimonies many say that when they start to give they are blessed even more than they were before.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
What are Heavenly Treasures?
“When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Luke 18:22
If you have received salvation, Heaven is your home. Though everyone that has received salvation goes to Heaven, treasures in Heaven may be different from the life you have lived here on earth. That includes both tithings, offering, giving, volunteering, etc! The people who serve God everyday all-day and truly embrace a life for God’s glory will have unimaginable treasures stored up for them! What is God putting on your heart to give?
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