Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (KJV)

1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye goa to possess it: 

2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged .

3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear , O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down , and when thou risest up .
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Proverbs 3:9 (KJV)

9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;

DEVOTION -Selly Miarani (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Growing up in a Christian family, I learned to give a tithe, as the Bible teaches.  So with my first working income I was glad to tithe to the church.

Over the years, my income has increased.  But the necessities if life have also increased.  As a result, I have sometimes forgotten to give a tithe.  Actually, more precisely, I’ve avoided giving.  I pray, “Lord, forgive me; I can’t give a tithe this month.  Many needs use up my tithe.  What if I meet the tithe next month?”  I hope God understands.

During one period, I found myself deferring my giving every month.  I delayed tithing a first, second, third, fourth time – until one day, I heard a sermon that challenged me.  The pastor said, “Serving the Lord must be done with sincerity.  If today we are sincere, then even if we struggle, serving will not be a burden.”  The pastor offered as an example the many Christians who go to Sunday worship not with sincerity but as a routine.  I realized that often I attend church out of a sense of obligation, and I do not tithe with a sincere heart.  I want to serve God with all my heart.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: All that we do we do for God.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for your blessing.  Teach us to bless your church through our gifts.  Amen.