For my part, brothers and sisters, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ.1 Corinthians 3:1
How much you trust God is a good way to judge your Christian maturity. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;”. Trusting in God with all your heart means trusting God with everything you have. That leads me to this: I haven’t taught on tithing in a while.
God does not need your money…
Tithing is giving the first 10% of your fruits…your harvest…your income…to God. Leviticus 27:10 tells us that a tenth of what we have is God’s, and is holy. Understand this: God does not need your money. God literally has everything. The point is, God wants you to trust Him with your money. Money is the hardest thing we have to trust someone else with. We want to decide how and when we spend our money, and we want to be in control of it. But God says, trust me “with all your heart”…and that means our finances, too. Are you trusting God with your money? Are you giving with a cheerful heart (2 Cor 9:7)?
Are you trusting God?
Let me throw in a couple of more verses of God’s Word to YOU this morning. Proverbs 3: 9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; THEN your barns will be completely filled” (emphasis mine), and Malichi 3:10 says, “Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I will not OPENT THE FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN and POUR OUT A BLESSING FOR YOU without measure” (emphasis mine). Now, I want to be careful not to sound like I’m teaching a message of “prosperity”. I am not. But, there is a common them in these two verses. Trust God, and He will bless you in unimaginable ways. Even in the bad times, and the scary times, and the times of uncertainty, God says, “trust Me and I will take care of you beyond what you can imagine”. Are you trusting God?