Giving With A Right Heart

Mal 1:6-8, 13  "A son honors his father,  And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?' 7 "You offer defiled food on My altar, But say, 'In what way have we defiled You?' By saying, 'The table of the LORD is contemptible.'  8 And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?" Says the LORD of hosts. 13 You also say, 'Oh, what a weariness!' And you sneer at it," Says the LORD of hosts. "And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;  Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?" Says the LORD.

This passage of scripture shows that bringing an offering to God doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be accepted by Him. The people being spoken to in this passage of scripture were giving offerings, but their offerings were not being accepted by God.  That is because they were not giving Him their best.  They were giving Him their leftovers; they were giving to Him what they didn’t want anymore. God doesn’t want our leftovers; He wants our best. 

Your motivation for doing anything for God is hugely important.

Your motivation for doing anything for God is hugely important.  In fact, it’s everything. How do you know if you have the right motivation for giving to God? Ask yourself why you give God your tithes, your firstfruits, and other offerings.  Hopefully it comes from a heart of obedience and worship and faith toward the God you love.  Why do you bring your alms?  Hopefully, it is because of your compassion and sympathy toward those who are needy. When you freely give your tithes and other offerings to God with a pure heart—that is, to honor Him—it shows that He is first in your heart. 

Understand that giving offerings to God won’t increase His love towards you.  He loves you the same whether you bring Him any offerings or not.  But giving to Him with the right heart will probably cause you to love Him more.    God wants to be first in every area of your life—including your finances. So, think about not only what you are giving to God, but why you are giving it to Him.  Bless Him with your giving, and you will be blessed in your giving.

Apostle Les Bowling - Les Bowling is the founder of Eagle Rock Ministries (Columbus, Ohio), originating president of Gospel and the Preacher Bible College, and overseer of Eagle Rock Covenant Network. In addition, he serves as an evangelist, a Bible College instructor, a short-term missionary, a leadership conference speaker, and a frequent keynote speaker for evangelistic revival meetings.  

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