There were different kinds of offerings in Israel. Besides five main offerings (burnt, grain, fellowship, sin, and guilt), Israel was to give to God with specific offerings, including the trespass offering, peace offering, fellowship, freewill, wave, heave, thank, consecration, dedication, memorial offerings and offerings for the poor. Similarly, we bring different offerings to the Lord, and each kind of giving is significant.
Today many feel the more they GIVE to the Lord, the more they can justify SPENDING; or when they give, if the conscience is satisfied they feel they do not need other spiritual disciplines. Neither is the case. Offerings are a way to communicate with God; all legitimate giving proceeds from the heart, either in response to God or to honor Him in a specific way—but not as a religious duty.
The carnal heart has a hard time getting into that place of communication. For example, the tithe is first—totally a heart issue; then, the first fruits offering, intended to demonstrate thanksgiving and trust—again, an issue of the heart.
Give, and it will be given to you—according to the heart attitude with which a man gives, in exactly the same measure of heart we communicate with Him, He directs other men and circumstances concerning us. It’s not legalistic, and certainly not religious. Giving is a spiritual measure of what we really believe (Romans 10:10)
Make this head-decision and heart-commitment: From this point, and from now on, concerning money and all that you PLAN to do with money… ask God, listen to what He tells you, then do what He tells you.