There is a fixed law of God concerning sowing and reaping that was given for our benefit. God doesn’t need our finances, He’s God. However He has given us an excellent opportunity to demonstrate His divine order of sowing and reaping, thus providing for the work of the ministry and giving us a chance to see His power in action.
He said, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
This is one of the few times in Scripture where God challenges us to “prove” or “test” Him. He wants to show Himself faithful in our lives and He will meet our every need if we’re faithful to give out of the abundance of our heart, not from the abundance of our finances. Jesus blessed the widow who gave her tiny portion because it was given sacrificially from a heart of love. In every area of life, we demonstrate our love by our giving and so does our Heavenly Father. “For God so loved the world that he gave . . .” John 3:16
Why do we give our kids so many things on special occasions? Things they don’t need, things we can’t afford, things we don’t have space for, etc. Because we love them and it’s our pleasure to give to them, if nothing else but to see the expression on their faces. The same is true in our relationship to God. He has given us His very life for our salvation, He has given us the gift of His Holy Spirit, He has given us the atonement for healing and so much more.
What would happen if we shifted our focus in giving back to Him out of a heart of love and not merely as another obligation? Would we see a difference? More than likely we would. God hasn’t asked us to give because He wants to see us go without, quite the contrary. We give into whatever is important to us and to give financially is just another step of obedience, another way for us to prove our love for Him. If we put Him first in everything, He has promised to give us all that we have need of, both spiritually and physically.
“Therefore take no thought, saying What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or Wherewithall shall we be clothed? …for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.