I’ve been following the Easter SheReadsTruth devotional throughout this Easter season and let me tell you it is full of such great reminders (check it out at www.shereadstruth.com)! As I was thinking about what to write about this month for A Relentless Millennial, the Lord perfectly timed the devotionals. Don’t ya just love when He does that! An area of worship the Lord has really put on my heart in the past year is tithing. I always knew we were called to tithe, but I didn’t really come to fully understand or grasp our call to action until recently.
First, let’s take a look at when Jesus turns the tables at His temple. (Matthew 21:12-13) Jesus enters the temple and sees that it’s basically being treated like a market place. The temple was a sacred space, and worship was a holy matter. It was to be a house of prayer not a place to trade and sell things. So Jesus established His authority there by overturning the tables. This action spoke to His concern for the way God’s people had traded the work of loving God for a religion of economy. Our world sadly is driven by money and if we aren’t careful we can let it rule our hearts and our actions.
Now let’s look at a woman who viewed money in a gospel centered way and used it as a means of worship in Mark 12:41-44. A widow who had nothing but two copper coins gave everything she had to Jesus. He looked at her and said, “You have given more than the rich people have because you gave out of the abundance of love in your heart not out of abundance of the things you have.” This was a true act of worship saying to the Lord, “I may not have a lot, but I know You supply my every need and without You I have nothing.” She was saying, “I would rather physically be in poverty than spiritually because all earthly possessions will fade away.”
There is one more example of using our valuables or money as an act of worship. This is a beautiful story that comes from Mark 14:3-11. Jesus had come to the house of Simon at Bethany. A woman named Mary did something that shocked the rest of the people in the house. She broke a flask of perfume and poured it over Jesus.
She intentionally and deliberately gave her most valuable possession.
They all thought, “Why would she do this? She could have sold that for a lot of money but instead she wasted it by pouring it out!” But Jesus saw it as a beautiful thing – a true act of worship! He was honored by this act and saw her genuine heart of kindness. Jesus said, “And, truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” This act of worship is speaking to people today! If the Lord is still using a gift from thousands of years ago today, think about how He could use your gifts to affect the lives of people today and forever!
Whether you have been blessed financially or you are struggling to make it pay check to pay check remember that the Lord looks at the heart of each giver. He looks at the trust we have in Him, the offering we give (even with it’s tough), and the faith we have that He is able to provide. Remember that where your treasure is there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).