Let me ask you a question? Have you ever noticed or know people that seem to be blessed all of the time? Have you ever wondered what the secret is? The secret or answer to this is usually quite simple and it can be traced right back to how you handle the finances that God has entrusted to you. We have to remember that the money we have is not ours, its God’s and we must be faithful and be good stewards of it. It is God who has blessed us with what we have, and the means in which to get it. In the Word of God it says that if we are able to take care of the little we have been given then God will entrust us with even more.
Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”
One of the main areas of our finances that we are to be faithful in is the area of tithing. God has instructed us to give 10% of all our income back to Him. This can often be hard for us to do especially if we are already scraping by as it is. Tithing however, shows God that despite what we are going through we are still willing to put our faith, and trust in Him and place Him first in our lives. If we are faithful in giving our tithes it will enable abundant blessings over our lives. We can see evidence for this in Malachi 3:8-11:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse — the whole nation of you — because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
We are also told to give generously to the poor and to those who teach us (evangelists, preachers, missionaries etc). When giving generously of our finances we are not only being faithful to what God asks of us but we are also sowing out seed that we can expect to return to us as a full harvest. It says in the Word of God that we are to give according to what we have and to do so with a cheerful heart and a right attitude. For if we sow sparingly we will reap sparingly and if we so greatly we will reap greatly. We can see proof of this in the following verses:
Proverbs 19:17 “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord — and he will repay you!”
Deuteronomy 15:10 “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.”
Luke 6:38 “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Galatians 6:6 “Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.
Proverbs 11:24-35 “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
We can see from these verses that God calls us to be generous, and to sow our seed (money) into those that teach His word and to those who are poor and cannot afford to live. In return the Lord promises blessings and generosity back on us. The Lord tells us that that we are to spend wisely and not to squander all of our money on frivolous materialistic things that won’t do anything to help others or further the kingdom of God. This doesn’t mean we can’t have or buy nice things it just means that we should not be spending more than we should or have to get materialistic things we want.
Dear heavenly Father I thank you for entrusting me with what you have given to me. Father I ask that you would help me to make wise decisions with how and where I sow my seed. I commit today Lord to faithfully give you tithes even when I am in a financially difficult situation. I also commit to sowing my seed into the poor and into ministries to help further the kingdom of God down here on earth. I thank you father that you are faithful in giving to us what you said you would in your Word and I just thank you that I can be a faithful seed sower for you. Amen.