Mankind from the outset has had the capacity of being the reflective image of the creator, to represent the Father to the world. Our primary assignment is to reveal the Father to the world and our greatest destiny is to be the image of Jesus.
There are three things about Gods nature which are life principles for us:
- He is covenant in relationship. Faithfulness, loyalty, peace, being loving and true are the characteristics of how God does relationships. Consumerism characterises the spirit of our age by asking, ‘What is in it for me?’ By representing Gods nature, we ask, ‘What is best for others?’
- God really honours the Sabbath. He rested on the Sabbath and has rested ever since. He never strives or is anxious but lives in total rest. We are to work from that place.
- Read Genesis 1: 29-30. In His amazing creativity God produces an abundant variety of seed producing plants with different tastes and textures. God has an abundant, generous heart and we are made to replicate the attributes He carries.
Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine
In Genesis 4:3-5 we see how Cain’s offering did not please God whereas Abel’s did. Abel’s offering, as he sacrificed the first born of the flock was in the heart of God because there was a sacrifice which costs and which was absent from Cain’s offering.
Proverbs 3:9-10 says, ‘Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine’. The Patriarchs who walked with the Lord did this. We see in Genesis Chapter 14 how Abraham gave Melchizedek one tenth of everything, the first fruits of the battle. Jacob too, when he encounters God (read Genesis 28:10-22), says, ‘all you give me; I will give you a tenth’. Tithing did not originate in the law; it is in the heart of the Patriarchs and the heart of God.
The tithe belongs to the Lord, (read Leviticus 27:30-32), he regards it as holy. We have seen how Abel’s sacrifice cost him something, the Patriarchs honoured the Lord with the best, choicest parts and the Father sacrificed his only son for us.
The realm of the kingdom which Jesus bought with him is superior to the realm of the law because it comes with the power of the Holy Spirit. ‘As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’(John 13:34) is achieved by the Spirit and we fulfill the law by walking according to the Spirit.
Read Matthew 23:23-28. The Pharisees congratulated themselves because of their tithing, but Jesus looks inwardly at our hearts not at external obedience.
Let us honour God with generosity because he generously gives us all things. How we use two particular resources, time and money, reveals our life priorities. Come into Gods heavenly economic system and reflect his heart to the world.
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