DAY 28: THE PROMISE, PURPOSE, PLACE, AND DAY FOR TITHING
“The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives”
DEUTERONOMY 14:23 (TLB)
Give God first place in whatever you want him to bless. If you want God to bless your home, put Him first in your home. If you want God to bless your business, put Him first in your business. If you want God to bless your finances, put Him first in your finances.
The word tithe means ten percent. Tithing is giving the first ten percent of your income back to God. Here are four verses that explain the promise, the purpose, the place, and the day for tithing.
The Promise: “Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all you income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow you wine cats with the finest wines: (Proverbs 3:9-10 TLB). God promises that if you honor Him with the first part of your income He will bless you financially.
The Purpose: “The purpose of tithing is to reach you always to put God first in your lives.” (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB). God doesn’t need your money, but he wants what it represents-your heart. He wants you to trust him.
The Place: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” (Malachi 3:10 NLT). The storehouse is the place where you worship God. Giving to a relief organization or to someone in need is charity, but it is not tithing. Tithing is an act of worship, given at the place of worship.
The Day: “On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.” (1 Corinthians 16:2 NLT). When are you are supposed to tithe? You tithe on the day you worship. By gving God the first part of your income on the first day of the week, you are saying to him, “You are number one in my life.” Then watch how God blesses and uses you, and honors his promise in your life.
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.