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Verses 6-7: “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

My wife and I give to our church through other means than money. We buy and donate hard to get items for our church, such as items for the food closet. We had made a recent delivery during lunch, and were walking back to our truck, when my wife exclaimed, “The tithe! We forgot to give the check!” At which, we wheeled around on our heels, went back in the office, I did my unpatented Lt. Columbo impression “oh, just one more thing”, and we gave our tithe check. You see, we enjoy being able to give back to God through our local church.

Paul is reminding the church here that God loves a cheerful giver. Have you ever received a “gift” that really wasn’t heartfelt? (ever been forced to give an apology? Wasn’t very sincere, was it?) But in this case, we should be glad to give back to God, Who has given us so much. Just check out verse 15: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” That gift is eternal salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

It’s impossible to out-give God…but enjoy it when you’re giving!

Something to think about!

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verses 9-10: “Honor the LORD from your wealth, And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.”

My wife and I normally sit down and do the “budget talks” after every payday. Among those bills and expenses is also included the tithe we give to our local church. I’d like to say that I always, without fail, give that tithe; and I do almost all of the time. There was an occasion a few months ago, through a combination of some emergencies and forgetting to make out the check at church, that we wound up not giving the tithe from that paycheck. In our minds, that tithe is still owed and we plan to pay it up.

The tithe is not a bill or an expense. It’s God’s command that we give back to Him. A tithe is only 10%; there are a lot of cities, states, and the federal government who demand much more. The tithe does not need to be an afterthought, though. It needs to be given as soon as the money comes in….from the “first of all your produce”. We also have discovered that when we are faithful to give that tithe…God is faithful to bless so that our barns are “filled with plenty”.

Something to think about.

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verse 2: “that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.”

Paul talks about giving in this chapter and the next. Ever notice how it seems like those who can’t afford to give, are the most dependable givers? Or how those who can afford to give, are sometimes not the best givers? Could it be that those givers know what it’s like to be in need, and thus they give even out of their “deep poverty”?

Remember Jesus noted during His earthly ministry the 2 mites given by the widow woman…that she had given much more than those richer people who only put in a pittance of what they could. You may not have much financially; but God commands that we give back a 1/10th, the tithe, back to Him. As our church treasurer put it recently, “you need to get your own financial house in order, so that you don’t wind up giving what you don’t have”.

Jesus gave His all for you, you’ll recall….

Have a blessed day!

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verses 1-2: “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.”

In this last chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul is wrapping up his letter with some quick instructions. My Bible has a footnote regarding the instructions of verse 2: the first of every week was Sunday, that’s when the giving takes place; the money is set aside for that purpose; and you give in proportion to God’s prospering.

Times are tough; yes, I know, late-breaking news on that front….but even though the economy changes, God doesn’t. He still is the same God who showers us in blessings. Jesus never said we’ll be financially rich, remember? But we are richer knowing Him as our Lord and Savior.

All God instructed was that we returned 1/10th back to him. All I can say is, I have always seen blessings when I faithfully tithe. I believe you will, too. Don’t let your tithing be an afterthought, or “hey, we got some money left, let’s tithe”. There is a reason the term “first fruits” is used in the Bible. The tithe comes first.

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