Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 23:23, Deuteronomy 14:22-29
What we return to God isn’t all tangible goods, though. Everything doesn’t have a value that fits on a 1040, or that we can make an insurance claim for. What does God expect of us? Even if we tithe spices, what does God want us to offer from our lives? Does it sounds like God is more interested in the financial sacrifices, or the sacrifices that cost us in who we are and how we are?
And then there’s this passage in Deuteronomy. We act as though we are giving things completely up when we give to God. Yet this passage asks us to give as a part of our relationship with God. We are to give food so that we can sit and eat with God. We are to give our time to God so that we sit and feast with God. Picnics with Jesus. Are we willing to give God the time, the space, and the energy to be in relationship?