By John F Avanzini
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A simple automobile today costs more than a complete home did when I was a boy. Yet, with your God watching, with His eye upon you, you can be at peace. You can go to bed tonight knowing that every need you have is being met by your God. As long as you are faithful to Him, He knows about the bill sitting on your desk that must be paid tomorrow and He knows the way for you to pay it!
Does the government have first place, or does the Lord have top priority? Can you give the Lord the first fruits of your harvest if you have already given away the taxes? I believe if you think and pray about this matter, you will find that Caesar—that is, the government—certainly does not have priority over the Lord. The first fruits should not go to Caesar, but to the Lord God Almighty. Once you have decided that you need to tithe in order for God to bless you, and you accept that you will give one-tenth of your income, before taxes, toward His work, you still have another question to answer.
2 Corinthians 9:7 The Living Bible says God prizes cheerful givers. The King James Version says He loves cheerful givers. Both translations make it clear that He prefers receiving from those who give cheerfully. Think how you would feel if a person who made you feel bad every time he gave you something asked you how much he should give you. Even if you did need something, your answer would probably be, "Oh, no. " You would answer this way to keep from having to feel bad after receiving from him.