by Martin Clark
Ruling Elder and Treasurer
As God’s children we are called to give ourselves to Him as living sacrifices. We are to give to Him our time, our talents, and our finances as an act of worship and gratitude to Him. Biblical stewardship involves our managing all our resources for His honor and glory and our good.
God, who created all things, owns us and all that we have. Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” Whatever we have is ours as a result of God giving it to us. If He owns us, He has the right to say how we should use our assets.
As a part of using our resources for His kingdom we are commanded to give at least one tenth of our income to His local church. Malachi 3:10 says “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” When Malachi speaks of bringing the full tithe into the storehouse he is referring to a room in the temple designated for the storage of gifts to be used in the temple’s ministry. Tithing not only benefits the local church but helps us with our tendency to love created things more than the Creator.
Giving to the Lord should not be done out of obligation but from a heart motivated by a love for our Heavenly Father. II Corinthians 9:6-7 tells us “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
God doesn’t need our monies to further His kingdom. He is more than sufficient for that. Giving to the Lord shouldn’t be viewed as something we have to do but as a privilege. It is a tangible way of demonstrating our love for Him and partnering in the spread of the Gospel.