Living with Open Hands
What kind of gift would make you feel truly appreciative?
No doubt most of us would be happy to receive a gift from a giver who is motivated by love rather than by a sense of duty or obligation. When it comes to giving, motive matters. It matters to us. And more importantly, it matters to God. Consider the inspired words of the apostle Paul recorded at 2 Corinthians 9:7.
Giving our tithes and offerings reflects a grateful heart that wants to present back to God a portion of what God has given us; in reality, what is already God's.
This is an opportunity to show that God is first in our lives. (Proverbs 3: 9-10)
The Bible says that the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.