Read: 2 Corinthians 8
Our God is self-sufficient that He doesn’t need money or sacrifices to satisfy Him. He wants His people to have a close fellowship with Him. God checks the hearts of His people. God loved the sacrifice offered by Abel than Cain’s because it was given with a right attitude. The Bible talks about the poor widow who offered her money to the Jerusalem temple. That was all she had. Jesus knew her heart (Mark 12:41-44). He asks us to be a cheerful giver, not to give grudgingly or stingily but with an attitude that God would use it for His glory (2 Cor. 9:7). He who is bountiful in giving will be blessed (Prov. 22:9). What we sow is what we are going to reap (Gal. 6:7). All wealth and prosperity belong to God, they are not ours, though we enjoy it. He will bless you more than what you can imagine if you wholeheartedly give for His kingdom. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Prov. 11:25).
In the Old Testament times, the Levites worked in the Jerusalem temple. They were not given any inheritance. They did not own any land. God promised the Levites that God would be their inheritance (Deut. 10:9). The offerings collected were partly for the Levites and their descendants. They served God faithfully. In the time of King Josiah, offerings were collected to renovate the temple. People gave generously (2 Kings 22:3-7). Mal. 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” God will bless the church for their providing their tithes to God.
The offerings collected can be used for supporting other missionaries serving in other parts of the world where gospel is unheard. Paul and Barnabas made an initial visit to Jerusalem in AD 46 and delivered a monetary gift from the church at Antioch when they faced a severe famine (Acts 11:29-30). In Rom. 15:26, Paul states that the churches of Macedonia and Achaia “were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem,” and God’s kingdom spread as a result of giving. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38). Do we have the right attitude in giving our offerings and tithes for the expansion of God’s kingdom?