Imagine this situation, someone gives you money and part of that money is his; and the position is that as soon as you get the money you are supposed to return back his money. What would you do?
The word of the Lord says, “Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God” [Exodus 23:19] and I take note of the word bring. The offering plate passes by and quickly we look through our wallets for something to give to the Lord…a mistake, for we do not give to God something; we plan to bring back to the Lord …the entire amount in tithes and offerings according to what is rightfully HIS. In the context of earning this would mean that out of what one has earned, only 90% is rightfully his and 10% is not.
Leviticus 27:30 says that “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the tree, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Abraham placed God first in his life and we see that this ‘first’ was also reflected in his finances for “….Abram gave him a tenth of everything”. As we tithe faithfully before God, the tithing not only rebukes the devourer; but also consecrates our earnings. The Lord God encourages us to Test Him on this [Malachi 3:10]. But also, every time you earn, you face a test of whom will you honor…God or self ?
God gave us an example of what it means to give the very best by giving us his only Son Jesus Christ to redeem us and reconcile mankind back to him. As we bring our tithe and offerings unto God, we are also saying unto the Lord that we Honor him with our earnings and it is an act of worship. Abel brought an ‘offering – fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock’ and the bible says that ‘The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering’; but not Cain whose offering was merely a gesture of an afterthought…for it was after a course of time that he brought an offering to God; and God did not favor him nor his offering.
Think about this… 90% with God’s blessings goes further than 100% without God’s blessings.