Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. – Proverbs 3:9
In the Old Testament, believers did not come to the temple to worship without an offering to give God. Indeed, their offerings were integral, or essential, to their worship of God. While we do not worship in the temple and are no longer required to offer sheep, doves, or grain, we should still regard giving as a wonderful way to worship God.
When I think of all that God has given me, I find that giving back to Him is my blessed obligation. Not only did God breathe life into me and give me a beautiful place in which to live, He also gave His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. And by believing in Christ, God also gave His Holy Spirit to teach me, guide me, and comfort me. With all God has given me, how could I not give back to Him. As I write in my song “If I Gave You Everything”: “If I gave you everything / It would never be enough / But I’ll give it anyway / To thank you for Your love.”
One of the ways we can give back to God is through our finances. Giving money to support God’s work is a joyous opportunity to participate in God’s work. We can honor God through contributions to our church, missionary organizations, and various other ministries.
We can also give back to God through our time. By donating our time to God’s work, we proclaim Him worthy of our love. Spending time reading His Word, praying, telling others about Him, and gathering together with other believers is essential, but we should also consider spending time in activities such as visiting the elderly, tutoring young children to read, or helping to build homes for low-income families. God wants us to take the love He has given us and give it to others.
Are you worshiping God through your giving?