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Are we giving God what is rightfully His?

Wednesday, March 8

Are we giving God what is rightfully His?
By: Shane Beauvais

The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary defines tithe as a tenth part of one’s income set aside for particular purposes. I know that there are many perspectives from the historical context as tithing was seen and applied in various ways in various places and periods throughout the Bible. 
Instead of a clear-cut definition of the various contexts of tithing, I want to focus on the posture and beauty of what we bring to the Lord in worship. 
Luke 21:1-4 reads:
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on.”
This woman gave far more than a “tenth” of her income. She gave her whole livelihood.
Can we get uncomfortable for a second? This is what it looks like to give God what is rightfully His—all of it. Put that into perspective! 
According to Jesus, it is not how much we give that defines our hearts. 
No. It is quite the opposite. The true value of a gift is how much the gift costs the giver to give. In that regard, the woman’s gift is far superior to all the others. 
Where is God calling you to obedience in this area of worship? I have been in seasons of “poverty and prosperity.” However, nothing filled my heart more than “giving” when it seemed I had nothing to give. To this end, the Lord has and continues to provide in the most miraculous ways! We have never gone without, always having exactly what we need at exactly the right time. This posture is what it looks like to give God what is rightfully His—all of it.

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