Proverbs 3:9-10 (New Living Translation)
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth(your money) and with the best part of everything you produce. 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.
Deuteronomy 26:1-2 (New Living Translation)
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession and you have conquered it and settled there, 2 put some of the first produce from each crop you harvest(the first of the income, money you earn) into a basket and bring it to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored.
Malachi 3:10(New Century Version)
10 Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn(your income, your money) so there will be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord All-Powerful. "I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.
Notations in parenthesis mine!
Whenever you place money and Christianity in the same sentence, you usually get very mixed opinions. Some of the loudest criticisms of the church are about the misunderstanding about money. Many often say that the only reason that churches want your attendance is for your money. In my opinion the teaching that God offers about money and income has been vastly distorted and misused by both those who take advantage of the unsuspecting, and those who have only a worldly perspective on the subject.
When God talks about money, income and what He blesses us with, as noted in the proverb and other passages above, He only requires one thing from us; our love. Our love? Yes, He ask us to show Him that we love him. That is what "honor" and "worship" are all about. His desire is that we think of Him first in all things, which includes the produce of our work. It is the un-conditional love of His creation, and we demonstrate this by our obedience and our gifts back to Him. He asks that we return but a small portion of what He blesses us with, to show our love for Him.
A human analogy best demonstrates this. When two people genuinely love each other, they will do things to show the other that they love them, and they are obedient to one another in order to build a closer relationship. So it is with God. How we handle what He blesses us with in giving it back to the Giver, exhibits our love. In addition we exhibit our love for God in our obedience to His requests. What God asks for is for us to show Him by our actions.
The beautiful thing is that God shows us His love in return. Each and every time He asks for an action from us, a demonstration of our love for Him, He returns that action by a promise of pouring out a blessing that shows His love for us. Take a few minutes and meditate on the promises above. It might just give you a whole new perspective on what you think about money.