AT The End Of The Year

“You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year.” Deuteronomy 14:22.

Most likely when you read the title of this blog you thought, “The subject is going to be about finishing well at the end of 2011.”  If you thought this, you are correct.  However there is usually a part of our finishing well that we often overlook.  The part I am writing about is, “Tithing.”  Most people do not have on their radar, making sure they have tithed correctly at the end of the year.  But some people do.

Personally I check my tithing record at the end of the year because I want to make sure I honored the Lord with my first 10 percent of income.  This year, as is the case in our family every year, has been a great blessing to us.  We have seen the Lord do many magnificent miracles this year. God has provided every need and has provided far more.  We have been on an overseas mission trip, given above our tenth to many fine groups that are sharing the gospel around the world.  We have watched our church stay in the black in an economy that is anything but in the black.  We were even able to take two family vacations this past year.  (We were so blessed).

So how could we not give back to the one who has given so much to us?  Moses in Deuteronomy instructs the people concerning their year-end giving.  When the harvest came in, they were to give the first 10 % to the Lord as a testimony to the fact that he was the giver of all they had.  This was a sacrifice of praise and a sacrifice of proclamation to the world that God was their source of all things.

Question, “does your life reflect praise and proclamation in the area of giving?”  The fact is, the only way you will know is if you examine your accounts to even know.  This is easy for those who are poor, all you have to do is check one account and you will know what you have given.  However it is much different for someone who is rich.  Such a person can give large amounts and still not give a tithe as they should.

I want to ask each of you to consider, ‘Your finances at the end of the year.”  Have you and I given to God what He requires and have we given to God even more because we love Him?

My wife and I can both testify of the great blessings in becoming a giver for the glory of the Lord.  So, why you still have time, catch up and experience the joy of giving to the one you love for than anyone else.

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