Daily Word for Friday, July 17, 2015
Tithing is a principle we live, not a law we keep. It is not about our money, it’s about our relationship with God.
What would you pay to have confidence that God has your back? It is a principle we see throughout the Word of God. It challenges our concept of stewardship.
Most of us don’t think in terms of stewardship, we think in terms of ownership. The difference in thought is striking. Owners think more in terms of what they want; stewards think in terms of what the owner wants.
The Bible says in I Corinthians 6:19-20, “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Owner-thinking people may reject the idea of the body not being their own; stewards simply say “Thank you” and “Amen.”
Tithing is a test we all must pass. It literally means a tenth part. The tithe represents the ultimate heart test. When we understand God’s perspective on tithing, it changes how we think about tithing.
God looks at the heart; people look at the money; stewards look at God and desire to please Him with their time, talent and treasure.
My friend, exchange your ownership thinking for a stewardship mindset. Surrender to God’s ownership in every detail of your life and, when you do, prepare yourself to live a life blessed with His grace and favor.