“He…earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Hag 1:6 NKJV
There are four kinds of givers noted in the Bible. For the next few days let’s look at each. Bag people. In the days of Haggai the prophet, the Israelites were so busy making money that they had no time for God. Sound familiar? So He said to them: “‘Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?…Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little…and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes…You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?’ says the Lord of Hosts. ‘Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house’” (Hag 1:4-9 NKJV). If you want God to be interested in your house, be interested in His house. If you want God to bless your house, begin to bless His house. If you want God to provide for your house, start providing for His house. You say, “How much should I give?” God sets the baseline at one-tenth of your income (See Mal 3:10). Whatever you give beyond that will be determined by three things: (a) Your ability. “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you” (Dt 16:17 NKJV). (b) Your desire to reap. God will “multiply the seed that you have sown” (2Co 9:10 NKJV). (c) Your love. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mt 22:37 NKJV).