And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord. (Leviticus 27:30)
The last thing that seems to come to salvation in the life of the believer is the pocketbook. We will surrender our time, attitudes, goals, and eternity, but the purse is hard to relinquish. The golden rule often seems to be, “He who has the gold rules.” This is, of course, a fallacy of the world.
God says that it all belongs to Him, and we are but stewards. Here is the deal the Lord makes with us: He says, “I will give you all that you possess, but ten percent of it is Mine, and it is holy to Me”. Malachi says that when we keep back that which belongs to God we are robbing Him. He also says that when we are obedient with God’s tithes and offerings, He will keep the devourer away and bless us with multiplied blessings. Therefore, the first fruits of all our increase belong to the Lord. Thus, we have a choice; we can keep it and rob God, or we can give it and be blessed. Furthermore, God says if we do not believe Him, try it anyway, and see if He will not open the windows of heaven and shower blessings upon us.