Imagine that someone has given you a big box of chocolates! What is the first thing you do? Most would probably say Thank you, open the box, and graciously offer the first piece to the giver of this scrumptious gift. Would you begrudge giving that first piece of chocolate to the person who gave you the whole box? No, of course not, for the rest of the candy would be yours to enjoy—to eat, to save for another day, or to share with others. I think this is the attitude God had in mind when he commanded us to tithe. He has created the world and all that is in it; everything is a gift from Him. He loves us that much. He has given us a gigantic box of chocolates. He would be pleased if we would, with cheerful hearts, say Thank you, and offer Him the first piece.
Shouldn’t this also be the attitude we exhibit when we serve God and others? All our gifts are God-given: intelligence, work, compassion. Our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual box is filled with delicious chocolates. Shouldn’t we show our love by graciously and humbly thanking God for our gift and offering Him the first piece?
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (II Cor. 9:7 NIV)
PRAYER: Oh God, we thank you for giving us many good gifts. May we cheerfully offer a portion back to you and share our sweet gifts with others.