Today’s Scripture: The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

There was a dad who wanted to do something fun with his five-year-old son, so he said, “Son, let’s go do something. Whatever it is you want; we will do it.”

The little boy replied, “Let’s go get some French fries.”

The dad thought that was easy enough, so they got in the car and drove down to the local fast food restaurant. The dad ordered some fries, paid for them, and took them to the table. His son was so excited as they took their seats and said a quick prayer of thanks. The little boy had begun to dig into the fries when his dad reached over to take a couple of fries. The boy made a fort with his arms around the food and said, “My fries!”

The dad stopped to ponder this turn of events. He was the one who had the idea to do something fun. He was the one who paid for the fries. He could take all of the fries by force, or even buy a whole bucket full of fries and dump them on his son. He could shower his son with more fries than he could ever eat.

All these things were running through the dad’s mind as he pondered what had just happened. It really was not about a couple of French fries – it was about his disappointment in his son. His son, whom he had provided for and blessed, was not willing to share the blessings.

If the earth is the Lord’s, then He is the owner of all things. He created everything that exists. The best way for us to show that we believe that the earth is the Lord’s and that He owns everything is by giving Him what He has asked of us. If you believe that giving a tithe, or ten percent of your income, is not a biblical mandate for New Testament believers, then I would encourage you to give above a tithe – don’t stop at ten percent.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.