“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. ” (Exodus 25:1–2, NASB95)
The more I read the Scriptures where it speaks of tithing, stewardship, and giving of time, talents and possessions, the more I think we have some misinterpretation. I think we tend to legalize and turn stewardship into a measured sacrifice. God doesn’t want our sacrifices; He wants our hearts. He wants our whole lives.
I find it very interesting that when it came to building the tabernacle, God only wanted one type of giving. He wanted giving that was prompted by the movement of the heart. He would only accept offerings for His temple that were given freely, and not under compulsion. I think this is a good place to start when it comes to our personal stewardship. Let us not look for rules and percentages so that we can be certain we did our part. Instead, start with giving the Lord your entire life. Give Him all your time, talents and possession; they are His gifts to you anyway. Dedicate all that you are to Him. Whether it is used directly for His Church or for aspects of your personal and family life, may it be used in response to God’s grace and mercy.
So, what should we give back to God? We should give whatever our heart is moved to give. Let’s give of our time, talents and possessions freely. Let’s give from a heart that is moved by gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us.