“He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” (Deut. 26:9-10)
Last year I began the process of shopping for a gift for my father’s birthday. I thought to myself, “What do you give someone who already has everything they want?” So I asked him, “Daddy, what do you want for your birthday?” With tears in his eyes he responded, “I have everything I want, mijo.” Well, that didn’t help me much, especially since everyone in the family knows if you don’t get him a nice gift, he will never forget. :) Actually, the blessing for him was that someone was thinking about him. We found the most beautiful pair of leather high-performance racing gloves for Papa. He loves those gloves.
Then, for Mother’s Day, I decided to do something similar for Mama. The staple is usually a card, flowers, and a big hug and kiss. This time, I went old school on her. I placed a clean, crisp $100 bill into her card. She saw it and cried. Perplexed by her response, I asked her, “Why are you crying, Mama?” She said, “Nobody has ever given me cash to do whatever I wanted” (except for Papa, of course).
In the same way, God does not need anything from us. He is the owner of cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10). Gold and silver are nothing to him (Haggai 2:8). Money has no value in heaven. We cannot ascribe a numerical or quantitative value, not even a percentage to God and what He has done for us. However, the tithe is a symbol, a perfect demonstrative which conveys our gift of worship (worth-ship) and obedience through a covenant relationship. When we give the Lord His portion He knows that we are putting Him first in our lives.