And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:13).
Some people believe in a Prosperity Gospel: give and it shall be given unto you. Some people believe in a Poverty Gospel: money is the root of all evil. Pastor Craig G. proposes an Abundance Gospel. A prosperity gospel indicates we are giving in order to get. A poverty gospel indicates we don’t have enough to give. An abundance gospel indicates we give out of the abundance of our hearts.
It’s our hearts that count. If love for God overflows our hearts, we will want to give to Him, and give in the way He has requested of us. He wants tithes for taking care of His own House: His Church. A tithe is not only ten percent; it is also the first money that comes in. When our salaries are banked, the first check we write is to the place the Lord told us He wants His tithe. Offerings are above the tithe, and we determine where we give our offerings according to what is in our hearts. Gifts are above and beyond offerings. Have you ever given away a house? Just asking. . . .
All of these requests from God are a form of worshiping Him. They say “I love You!” to our Creator. They say “I love you!” to our fellow believers. We have to ask ourselves, “Does my giving say ‘I love You,’ to my Lord?”