“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

There is often much debate about the tithe, about giving to the church, and why it isn’t necessary. And the confusion is reasonable - oftentimes, the church has low accountability for its finances, and it may not always be used in ways that seem agreeable. Yet the Bible clearly teaches about this principle of tithing, or firstfruits unto the Lord, and it’s value. Why? Because it is ultimately not a matter of finances — the King is rich as He is. It is a matter of heart possession. The heart will follow what is treasured. If we invest in His Kingdom, our hearts will go to His Kingdom. Why is the adulterous woman who broke her alabaster jar such a radical act of love that Christ himself should say, “And truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” (Mark 14:9)? Because it is the confession that her heart belongs to Christ, and she would gladly pour it out simply to anoint his feet. She in giving her alabaster jar, was giving her heart to Christ.

There are many ways to give back to Jesus. We can give to the poor, and He says we will have done it unto Him (Matthew 25:40). We can give in extravagance as the adulterous woman did. We can support missionaries that do His work (Phil 4:17). We can support a Compassion child. We can bless a little child in His name (Matthew 10:42). We can honor the elders who are worth double the honor (1 Tim 5:17). In the scheme of things, no matter how we give, what matters is the disposition of the heart (1 Sam 16:7).

We have the great privilege of being able to bless the Lord in our giving. Because what the Lord desires ultimately is not our pockets but our hearts. And He never asks of us anything He Himself has not given. Because when the Lord gave us His love, His heart, He too did it by giving that which He treasured most; His alabaster jar, His most precious possession. He gave us His son, Jesus. He was broken at our feet, to anoint us with a new fragrance. And his heart goes to us and is with us now, because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.” (Matthew 13:44)