First let us address the question – “Should we give to God?”. The answer to this question is found in Mat 25:40 , And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ So, the answer is “Yes”, we should give to God. When we give to the least of our brethren, we give to God.
Now, let us understand, How are we to give to God?
1) We should give God with a loyal heart
1Ch 29:9 , Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly. Whatever we are giving must be a whole hearted gesture to the Lord and not out of any worldly compulsion. Many give to please their pastor, church leader, etc, but the Bible says God loves a cheerful giver who gives without compulsion because of his/her love for God out of a loyal heart.
2) We should give according to the blessing of our Lord
Deut 16:17 , Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that he has given you. For some of us money is the easiest thing to give. Is that what God wants from you? Right now money is easy to give – Well God does not want 1/10th of your money now- He wants 1/10th of your time- He has given you the money you asked for, Now give him your time.
3) We should give the first fruits to God
Pro 3:9 &10 , Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your
produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting
with wine. We keep the best of the produce for ourselves and give the worst of our
produce to God. We do a Electronic Clearance (ECS) from bank to bank for our car loan but
give crumpled and crushed notes to God. Give God the first fruit & the best fruit and he will
bless you to be first in all that you attempt.
4) We should give tithes to God
Mal 3:10 , Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Abraham gave tithes, Jesus thought us to give God what is due to God. Let us do so too.
To conclude, everything God has created, including money is for us to have dominion upon. When you give to God, it means that you are exercising your dominion over money and diverting it from other purposes to the purposes of God. When you have set your dominion over something that is likely to divert you from God, then God sets his blessings upon you.
As Jesus thought us frequently, giving God is a matter of the heart more than it is a matter of means. “God looks at the heart of the giver”. Let us not have any doubt in giving to God through our tithes, First fruits , in accordance to our blessing and with a loyal heart.
God Bless You.
V Chacko Jacob