The Bible says the earth and everything in it belongs to God. Psalms 24:1 – “The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” That means everything – including you and I. Without God, we could not take another breath. Without Him, there would be no air to breathe! He is responsible for everything we see, everything we have and everything we have ever accomplished that is good.
So why is it so hard for us to acknowledge everything belongs to God? Pride….pure and simple. Acknowledgment of that fact would overthrow the self reliant factor ingrained into all of us. It’s that boastful arrogance that rises up in us and says “look at what I have, look at what I did or look at who I am!” Until we realize we have nothing, can do nothing and are nothing without God, it’s all vanity….as the Preacher in Ecclesiastes said.
The principle of sowing and reaping works in every aspect of life. Any logical person understands when you plant a seed, water the seed and nourish it, you will reap a harvest. It is the same with sowing good deeds, instilling discipline in children, giving your best service to your employer, and on and on in every part of life. If you give of your time, talents and treasure to any worthy cause you are sure to reap a blessing. God, on the other hand is not just any worthy cause – He is just worthy, period. If you give back to Him what already belongs to Him anyway, you will receive abundant blessings from Him.
But, the simple act of giving out of fear or obedience without glorifying God with a grateful heart in the process will more than likely not reap a harvest. The principle of sowing and reaping with God doesn’t work to the fullest potential unless you do it with a perfect, willing heart. Look at 1 Chronicles 29 and read about the people that gave of their treasures to help Solomon build the temple. King David had just told the children of Israel that Solomon was to be their king and he was to build the temple unto the LORD. He gave of his treasure to get the plans started then asked the people to give. Verse 8-9 says: “And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.” Then in verse 25 it says “And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.” God blessed Solomon more than any other king (including his father, David) and that meant blessings for the children of Israel during his reign. You should read that whole chapter – it’s good.
Why do we give or why should we give? To glorify God and further His kingdom! We give because God deserves our all. When we give to Him with a perfect heart – not expecting anything in return - it is our best way to magnify and glorify Him for all He has done for us. In Malachi 3:8 it says when we don’t give we rob Him: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”
Yes, we have robbed Him in tithes and offerings but think about this; when we don’t give our all to God; our talents, service and treasure to further His kingdom in whatever way it may be – do we not also rob Him of the Glory that is rightfully His? Think about it. We are only a means to His end. When God brings our expectation to fruition, we give Him all the glory, as we should. Think about this - He gave us the expectation to begin with! He gave us the wherewithal to begin to accomplish His work. When we fail to be a part of His initial plans in the action of our giving, we are also robbing God of His Glory! And we are robbing ourselves of His blessings. He has always used man to accomplish His plans. How awesome to be used of Almighty God! Give your all with a perfect heart and see what happens!
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10.
this is good stuff, Julia! Love the verse of Malachi at the end, what a great reminder! lets see what he will do when we give it all to Him!!! How awesome. How great to trust in He who is worthy!