No one likes to hear it—give, give, give. Give to your church! Give to this organization! Support that organization! We need your money!
Give it to God. He “loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). It doesn't have to be a traditional tithe of ten percent, though if that works for you, do it. But God doesn't want just your money—yes, churches and missions need money to operate, but tithing shouldn't be about just our money. Don't just give to an organization; give to God.
You've heard of the three T's—time, talents, and treasure.
What can you give to God in the way of your time? It can be a mission trip or sharpening the pencils for the pews. What about your talents? I used to play the trumpet in church. Some people teach, others can build shelves or repair the roof. And treasure—the last one. I once heard of a couple who promised to give as much to their church as they spent on Christmas on year. Now that's conviction!
And there it is—promising God what we'll give. Don't hold back.
“'Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—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 there will not be room enough to store it.'”
Robbing God! What an accusation! But how true it is, too. Even in tiny ways, when we hold back what God has called us to give or what we have said we would give, we are robbing God. Remember Ananias and Sapphira—they sold some land, gave some money to the apostles, said that was all the sale brought in, and God took 'em down. Ouch! (Acts 5:1-11)
Tithing has to do with being a good steward of what God has given us. Not only does this mean those three T's, but I think it can also extend to things like our children and our bodies. We're only temporarily in charge of these babies, raising them and guiding them to know their Lord and Savior. And according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, our bodies are not our own, either; rather, it is “a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God[.] You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Maybe for some this means a little more exercise or less sugar.
We are all given different tasks and have different convictions as the Holy Spirit leads us. How is he working in your life? What can you give to the Lord? “Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)