Numbers 15:2-3 ERV “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: I am giving you a land to be your home. When you enter that land, you must give special gifts to the Lord. Their smell will please the Lord.”
I have heard a lot of Christians complain about the amount of money they are made to give in church, and the purposes for which the funds are used. While I agree that some churches and pastors seem to care only about money, I must say that it is wrong, for any reason, to decide to stop giving. The Bible has warned that there will be those whose stomachs are their gods; so it’s left for you to discern who is who!
Giving is an integral part of our faith. A Christianity that doesn’t give to God cannot be a genuine one, because giving is an act of worship and gratitude. Most importantly, giving is an expression of our love for the Lord. Proverbs 3:3, 9-10 says “Don’t ever let love and loyalty leave you. Tie them around your neck, and write them on your heart. Honor the Lord with your wealth and the first part of your harvest. Then your barns will be full of grain, and your barrels will be overflowing with wine.” Hallelujah!
God loves to receive from His children. He loves a cheerful giver! He told Moses that the smell of their sacrifices will please Him! But a lot of us give to God carelessly; no wonder we are not being blessed. We are giving like Cain! We don’t consider our offerings as special; in fact what we give is the change we got from the Taxi driver. It’s so wrong! Read Malachi 1 and hear God talk passionately about offerings. Offerings are special to God!