Return What Belongs to the Lord

Proverbs 11:24-25: “There is one who scatters, yet increases more, and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”

 Giving is a word that is not liked by many. In their mind, giving means what belongs to you becomes less. For example, if you have 10 loaves of bread and you give 2, that means there are 8 left.

The principle of economy teaches people to spend cost as minimum as possible and obtain profit as much as possible. Because of this principle, many people grow to be greedy and stingy. They only think about themselves and have the mindset of: everything is for me and belongs to me.

As God’s children, we must set our lives upon the values of God’s Kingdom; this includes giving. Those who are generous and diligent in giving will always have their lives and families taken care of by the Lord. Their descendants will not beg for bread.

Matthew 5:7 says “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” That is the principle of sowing and reaping. We will reap what we sow, whether it is on earth or in eternity.

For sure, it is not easy to give when we always fear of being in lack, prioritize our own importance and contemplate whether or not we will be at loss when we give. The key to giving willingly is by believing in the Word of God about giving and that He will never owe us.

One of the principles of giving according to the Word is to return what belongs to God and this talks about tithes. Malachi 3:10-11: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts”

Only in this one verse, the Word of God says “Try Me” (Malachi 3:10). This means that God is serious and He will prove that those who are faithful in giving their tithes will be blessed. There is no other power that can steal the blessings we will receive because there is a fence of God’s protection surrounding us.

There are many people who try to protect their wealth and income, but those who practice the Word of God in the matter of giving will live peacefully because their belongings are protected by the Lord and their lives will never be in lack. Amen. God bless.

Source: Publishing Team, IBC Church