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Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Pro 3:9-10

It is by giving that we receive.  This is what Jesus taught in Luke 6 verse 38: “Give, and it shall be given unto you.”  If you give kindness, you will receive kindness; if you render assistance to someone in need, then some day you will receive the help you need, perhaps from the same party you have helped in the past, or perhaps from an unexpected, unknown source.  The law of God is infallible:  Give, and it shall be given unto you.  “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galations 6:7).

This is especially true in so far as giving to God is concerned.  God does not need our money to give towards His cause; and He gives back far more than we are prepared to give to Him.  He will never allow us to give more than He gives, because God is nobody’s debtor.  He even challenges us in Malachi 3 verse 10 to prove this for ourselves, promising that if we bring all our tithes to the storehouse, He will open the windows of heaven and pour out such an abundant blessing upon us that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

There is no clear command with regard to tithing in the New Testament.  Jesus annulled the “Must” of the law and set us at liberty to give willingly from our hearts an offering to Him.  If we love the Lord very much, we are, of course, free to give much more than a mere tenth to Him.

Many people have accepted the Lord’s challenge in Malachi to “Prove” Him, and have found Him to be faithful to His Word.  And the more they dared in faith, the mightier God honoured His promise.  We thinnk, for instance, of a man like Le Tourneau of the United States who, in a state of bankruptcy, claimed this promise and decided to give NINE-tenths of his income to the Lord and to keep ONE-tenth for himself.  God rewarded his faith abundantly, and before long he became a multi-millionaire.

It is quite possible that the losses people sometimes have to sustain may be traced to their neglect and indifference with regard to the matter of giving to God what is due to Him. Their failure in this respect does not only expose them to material loss, but also robs them of the blessing and the smile of God upon their lives.

Die Spoorwegbode Mei 1979