Why We Give – 1 Chronicles 29:11-13

God calls us to be generous with the money He has given to us.  We are to generously, faithfully, and cheerfully store up our treasure in Heaven, and invest it into God’s work in God’s Kingdom.  Here is a testimony from a Crosspoint household who is giving to God’s work in and through the ministry of Crosspoint…

Why do we give?  We give because God commands it.  As young marrieds, we took a financial class that was offered at church and one of the verses we memorized has really impacted us in multiple ways.  “Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are the ruler of all mankind; your hand controls power and might, and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength”  1 Chronicles 29:11-12. 

There’s SO much life-application in this tiny little section of Scripture, but one piece we’ve stayed focused on is that everything we’ve been given – all of this around us – the entire universe belongs to God!  This is HIS kingdom!  And so when He told His people to give back to Him a portion (and eventually a tithe/ a tenth), it only makes sense to show our obedience, to demonstrate our dependence on Him and our trust in Him, by giving Him that portion of what He’s already given to us.  Obedience, one step at a time.  Obedience, as an act of faith.  We’re saying, “God, I don’t know how we’ll get by, but we’re going to obey You in this.  We’re going to give You this tithe first, and not wait to see if we have some leftover at the end of the month.  You promised to provide for us, and we’re putting our faith in You.”  And has He provided?  Yes!  Always.  Now, years later, is it easy to tithe?  Well honestly, it’s never exactly easy (at least not yet).  But it is easier.  Easier to walk in the habit that God has established, knowing that He is always faithful.  Easier to look back and see all the times when there’s no other explanation other than God’s provision.  

“O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name” 1 Chronicles 29:13