When you give your offering what is your view of God? Is God magnified by your writing of a check? Is He glorified by your giving to a benevolent fund or charity? Are you edified through your tithes and offerings or are you trying to do God a favor?
If you think you're doing God or the church a favor by giving your tithes and offerings you make less of God, not more of Him. Our worship must make much of God. Giving tithes and offerings is a worship to God, they are a sacrifice to Him. When we give money as an offering our view of God must be magnified, not that God is small and needs to be made bigger but He is enormous and we must magnify our perception of Him to more closely match reality.
Look at God said in Psalm 50:
"I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,
for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird in the mountains,
and the creatures of the field are mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it." Psalm 50:9-12
A modern version of this passage might look like this:
"I have no need for bills from your wallet
or of coins from your purse,
for all money ever created is mine,
and all the gold in a thousand hills.
I know every bank account's balance,
and the value of every stock on Wall Street is mine.
If I needed a dime I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it."
God doesn't need your cash!
So, why do we give?
I believe that giving is worship. So, giving is our way of giving glory to God and it is for our own good. Here are a few reasons we give:
1) Giving is an exercise in trust and obedience.
We give, in part, because God commands that we give. Obedience to this command is an act of love. If we can obey in this smaller area of life then we can have greater confidence that we can obey in greater areas. Also, our giving is an act of trust. There are times when the budget is tight. There are times when I'm tempted to say, "God, I'll give next paycheck, but I don't have the money now." I've been tempted to do that several times, but I haven't yet. I haven't because I've chosen to trust God to take care of me and to trust that His command to give won't harm me. And you know what? He's never failed me and I don't expect Him to ever fail me.
2) Giving demonstrates our love.
Give me a few months of someone's expenditures and I bet you that I can tell you what they love. We spend money on the things we love. Of course, you might say that you don't love paying bills, but you love what electricity and water do for you. Our money follows our loves. When we give our tithes and offerings we are demonstrating that we love God and His Church.
3) Giving lets us participate in God's victory.
God doesn't need your cash, but He will use it. Ministries use tithes and offerings to do some important and amazing things for the Kingdom. God could do it all Himself, but He choses to let us participate with Him. He's like an older brother that lets his little brother score a touchdown in a football game with the "big kids". God let's us participate in His victory, so let's participate in as many ways as He grants us.
God doesn't need your cash, but giving is so important. Your giving glorifies God and edifies yourself. Do you give? Do you tithe?
Glorify God with your money today.