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How Much Do I Owe God?  We owe Him ourselves totally.
 

In order to give God ourselves, we must also give God our tithe. Actually, when we give God our tithe, we are really only giving Him His tithe. The Bible says, "The tithe is the Lord's." All the monetary blessings we have are from God. Because of the gift of life He has given us, because He has purchased us by His blood, because we are His, 100% of what we have is His. In His word, He has commanded us to bring ALL the tithe into the storehouse. He has told us, "The tithe is the Lord's." He has also told us, "The tithe is holy unto the Lord." The tithe belongs to Him, not to us. When we do not return to God His tithe, the Scripture teaches that we are literally robbing God. You are stealing from God, picking His pocket, when you do not give God what is due Him - the tithe. The tithe is a symbol. It is one tenth of all your income. It symbolizes the whole of your income. God asks you to return at least one tenth of your income in order to symbolize that all of it belongs to Him. We owe the Lord ourselves totally. And in order to give God what we owe Him, we must give Him our time and our tithe.

In order to give God ourselves, we must give Him our time in personal devotion. We must give Him our tithe in obedience to support His work. And we must give Him our talents in service for ministry. God wants us personally. He wants us to support His work monetarily. And He wants us involved in His work actively. What do we owe to God? What do we owe to Christ? We owe Him ourselves - totally. And we must pay what we owe.

The Stewardship program helps members become effective managers of God-given resources and assists in the implementation of God’s plan of systematic benevolence. Since stewardship responsibility includes the proper management of the entire life, seminars, economic summits, workshops and other methods are used to encourage the proper care and use of the body temple, time, abilities, and material possessions.


Stewardship Leader, Elder E. L. Dyer