Luke 14:12 (KJV) Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makes a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. 13 But when thou makes a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
How should we serve the Lord with our money is a question asked by many believing Christians, and how much should we pay in tithe is the second question trailing closely behind. I believe the scripture above has answered both questions shedding light on an ancient question asked by the Church and those paying tithe.
Serving the Lord with our money is not something the Church has yet mastered, we are; however, quick to ask God for financial support, but when it comes down to us parting with our money, it has always been a difficult thing for us to do.
Among believers paying tithe is not a must, sure it is not a requirement for salvation, but it is a must if we are to ever gain head way into the hearts of those lost and broken without Christ.
As Christians, we sometimes forget that we are living in a real world on earth, forgetting that we are not yet in heaven, nor have we yet received our glorified bodies, and having this mentality we fall victim to a known enemy called poverty.
The Lord promise to supply all our needs according to his mercies, but as our God, he has asked us to provide meat for his house. In some cases we are stealing from the Lord when we refuse to pay tithe and give our offerings, and if the head of our Churches are managing our gifts to the Lord poorly, it is a dreadful thing for them to fall in the hands of the Lord. Paying tithes has a purpose, but the most we have heard surrounding tithing is that we have to pay the light bill and keep up with building projects. But what is the real purpose of paying tithe.
The purpose of tithing is to fill the store houses of the Lord. In scripture the Lord’s house is called Bethlehem, or house of bread. If the Lord’s house is called the house of bread, how can we call it the house of bread if we as members of the house are not contributing to its inventory. The Lord’s house is the place the poor of the world flow toward that they may eat and bless the Lord and that the Lord may bless us in return. Caring for the poor is a part of our mission, and giving generously to the Lord is the way to a successful life.
The house of the Lord is where the greatest feast are hosted, because it cares for the destitute of the world, it is the place where eternal rewards are handed out, the place where eternal life is granted.
Giving to the Lord should be a joyful event, and when we give we are not to look for anything in return from those we give good gifts. The Lord clearly states that when we announce a feast, we are not to call our neighbors, the secure man who can return the favor, but the poor, the needy, and the destitute; those unable to return the favor. By these faithful acts we will be storing up for ourselves riches in heaven no one can take from us.
God through his word has provided for our blessing by placing in our midst the poor, needy, and the destitute that he may try an individual, a nation, and the entire world. Those acting kindly toward the poor will receive help from the Lord, he will bless their lives and the generation after them. He will supply all their needs according to his glory and will never forget their children in generations to come.
Luke 14:13 (KJV) But when thou makes a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. Support us with your visit