In Dueteronomy chapter 5 we are told how the Israelites received the 10 commandments, what the 10 commandments are and what will happen if they are obeyed.
Deuteronomy 5:1 Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, “Listen carefully, Israel. Hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today, so you may learn them and obey them!
Deuteronomy 5:7-9a “You must not have any other god but me. “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.
Because of the time we live in and precedence set for generations before us I'm going to boldly suggest that money has become like a false god or an idol to some of us. And it has happened without us even realising it!
What is an idol? Google says...
an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.
What am I getting at?
My point is that we can use our money/finance and the source of our finance in place of God. We give it a place of high importance. By doing that, it can become a false god or an idol in our lives or in a situation that we are facing. We automatically go to our finances or trust our finances or the source of our finance to make it through.
Even if we don't have a lot of money or any at all it can still become a false god or an idol. How? We look for it. When you were a kid did you ever look for misplaced coins on the supermarket floor? By searching for it. By thinking it has great value. Is God not more valuable than money?
We also work harder to get more money. From a young age while in school we are taught to work harder so we get better grades, to get a better platform for further education, so we can get a better job, so that we can have more money and a stable financial situation. Then we work hard in our job so that we can get a raise or a promotion. Now don't get me wrong. We do need to work hard at things. And we do need a vision. But is all that work for the right reasons? Is it completely money focused or is there a God purpose there too? Do we really trust Him to guide us? Do we trust God to provide?
We think things like if I had more money. Have you ever played the game if had a $10 million I would? And then you mentally spend all those 10 million dollars. What about being faithful with the little?
Luke 16:10-13 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
We go over our budgets trying to figure out where our income will be spent. And how to stretch every last dollar. Have you ever laid hands on your budget and prayed? Do you thank God for being your provider?
Slowly the enemy plants seeds of doubt and worldly desire in our minds and hearts so that we can forgot who our real God is. When we forget who our first love is - something else is taking the place of god in our life. God Almightly. He should be our only focus. Our first love. The only God in our life.
This is so important that it one of the 10 commandments. It is foundational.
So now thinking specifically about our tithes and offerings. Our giving to God. Do you hold back? Be honest with yourself.
Through the seasons money can seem more important or less important. Depending on where you're at. I believe it's in those seasons that you can prove to God what he means to you.
Do not feel bad or judged in what you give. It is not the amount that is important. It's about the heart. God looks at the heart.
Rejoice in the knowledge that you are choosing to worship the Lord God Almighty by not allowing money to be an idol in your life. By not allowing money to rule your thinking.
Give to God out of worship for Him. Not from a place of what finance do I have. Or what can I spare.