When the people of Israel heard that their king was bringing back the temple tax, how do you think they reacted? Did they start a Twitter war? Post rants on social media? Did they start an impeachment process, or complain to their neighbors over the backyard fences? You won’t believe this:
All the leaders and all the people rejoiced, brought the tax, and put it in the chest until it was full. (24:10)
You read that right. They rejoiced! And Scripture tells us they filled the tax collection box daily.
We just passed the traditional tax deadline of April 15th this week here in the States. Anybody rejoice when you wrote that check? Right.
What we see here is people joyfully, willingly, thankfully giving to the building up of the temple, giving to the work of the Lord.
So tomorrow, when you write that check to your church, will you do it joyfully? I hope so. Whether you interpret Scripture as demanding a literal 10% tithe, either from your gross or your net earnings, or if you believe that 10% is a guideline, how you give is as important as how much you give.
God blesses obedience that begins in our hearts. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
The work of your local church needs your money in order to efficiently serve God. But equally important to the ministry is your heart’s attitude.
Is it possible to love too much? Is there such a thing as too much joy? Can you ever give God too much from what He’s given you?
I pray you will know true joy as you generously support your church fellowship with your finances. It’s what God deserves.