Did you know God is far more interested in generous hearts than bigger offerings? It’s true.
Have you ever given because you should give…are expected to give…supposed to give…or want to look like you care?
Allow me to be the bearer of bad news: God isn’t interested in such a gift.
Nope. He’d actually prefer you kept it.
As with most matters in life, God is far more interested in our hearts.
A Heart Moved to Contribute
Let me take you back. Old Testament back.
In Exodus chapters 25-31 God relays instructions to Moses for building Israel’s portable tent tabernacle. It’s not just your everyday camping tent. It’s a bigger deal. It’s even bigger than one of those humongous camping tents with hallways and bedrooms.
This tent would be where God would dwell on earth from Israel’s time in the wilderness until the reign of King Solomon – a span of roughly 500 years. Needless to say, God didn’t take this lightly.
In our human, get-this-done-fast approach to projects, most of us would be quick to accept any money. We’ll take all the dollars we can get no matter the source.
Does the source and heart really matter? God says yes.
At the very beginning of the process this is what happens:
The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me. – Exodus 25:1-2
I love it. I love it because this is God’s big way of saying, “If you’re not giving to my work out of love for me I don’t need your money.”
He doesn’t need it or want it. He’ll accomplish his work with the generous and voluntary contributions of people who love him. And he did. And he does.
Heart Still Matters Today
This is still the case for us today.
The New Testament continues this thread of giving with our hearts.
Take the main scripture this blog is inspired by as an example:
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7
God is accomplishing his purposes in some incredible ways worldwide, and he’s doing that through gifts provided by his followers.
He can take a small gift from a willing heart and multiply it abundantly. It’s about the heart. This was true in Moses’ day, Jesus’ day, and is true in our day.
So, if your tithes and offerings feel like a chore, I’d challenge you to go to the Lord in prayer and ask him to ignite in you a joy of giving.
Relevant Resource: What is the difference between tithes and offerings? (GotQuestions.org)
Trust me when I say checks written to causes I believe in are the most joy-filled checks I write.