Scripture: Genesis 14:20
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
When Abram was victorious over the attacking kings, he gave a tenth of the recovered possessions to the priest, Melchizedek. Why did he give this priest a tenth of what he had received? The priest didn't fight the battle. The priest didn't recover the possessions. The priest didn't have anything stolen from him in the first place.
But Abram gave him a tenth in order to show his gratitude to God. He was thankful that God had given him such an amazing victory. And since he couldn't give the tenth to God directly, he gave it to God's representative, the priest.
We do the same thing. When we want to acknowledge the good things God has done for us by giving us certain skills and the opportunity to work at our jobs and make an income, we thank Him by giving a portion of what we have received back to Him. But we give it to Him by entrusting it to His chosen representatives, the officials of the church.
Giving God an offering out of what we have received is our way of showing our gratitude to Him. Do you need to be more giving in your offerings to God? What else can you give besides money to express your thankfulness to Him?
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