Why on earth is a man expected, even commanded to give to God? We are, you know. But before I explain that, let me get one thing out of the way. If you are one of those people who get upset when a minister talks about money, or if you assume the guy is just trying to line his own pockets, I have one request of you: Please do not send any money to this ministry. Let’s get that idea off the table, because it may be standing between you and something that can change your life. Just hear me out, okay? This is for you, not for me.
Now, back to my question. Why is a man expected, even commanded, to give to God. It is certainly not for God’s benefit. Consider what he had to say in one of the psalms:
Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God. I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me. I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.