Is Tithing Necessary?

Did you know that there are over 800 scriptures in our Bible that deal with money? Yes, God knows how important money is to us so He has filled His Bible with how we should deal with our money. Which brings us to the question: “Is tithing necessary?” The Bible answers this question. However, it is also a question about our attitude toward money.

God Warns Us About Loving Money

A common saying among many people is that money itself is evil. This is not what the Bible says. Money is not evil. It is the love of money that is evil. Look at I Tim. 6:10 (KJV): “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” The NKJV puts it a little clearer. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Actually the Living Bible puts it even clearer. “For the love of money is the first step toward all kinds of sin.”

You see, there is a big difference between “using” money and “loving” money. God is talking to us about how we look at our money, that is, how important having money (or what it can buy) is to us. God is actually warning us about making money our god.

Money Can Easily Become Our God

Jesus warned us about this in Mark 10:23 (NKJV): “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” He explains it further in the next verse, Mark 10:24 (NKJV): “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

He is not talking about those who have riches, but rather about those who put their trust in their riches. You see, whatever we put out trust in becomes our god. And when we have more trust in our money (and what it can buy for us) than we have in Almighty God, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

How Can We Keep From Worshiping Money?

The only way that we can do this is to make sure that we know who or what we are worshiping. Who or what is the most important in our life? Have we really given God first place in our life?

God warns us about trying to place equal importance on both God and money. Matthew 6:24 (NIV) says: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

There it is. We must make a choice, We cannot give God and money identical importance in our lives. So, how can we make sure that we put the love of God above our love of our money? The answer lies in who we believe our money belongs to.

Is Tithing Important?

Yes, I am talking about the tithe. It is laid out very plainly in Malachi 3:8 (NIV): “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings.”

There are two very important ideas in this verse. The first has to do with the tithe. The word “tithe” comes from the Hebrew word “maaser” which means, “one tenth.” In other words, one tenth of everything that we earn belongs to God. And when we do not pay our tithe, we are robbing God. We are using for ourselves what should be used for God’s work.

The second idea has to do with offerings. The word “offerings” comes from the Hebrew word “truwman” which means “a present” or “a gift.” More specifically, it means giving a sacrifice or paying a tribute to a superior. This means that in giving our tithes and offerings, we are acknowledging that God is God and that we belong to Him.

Is tithing important? Yes! If we do not tithe, we are keeping for our own use that which belongs to God.

How To Give Our Tithe

When we tithe, God looks at our heart. He wants to know why we are giving to Him. If we giving to get, then we are not giving for the right reason. God created us so that we could love Him and have fellowship with Him. If we are just trying to use God to acquire wealth, we certainly do not love Him.

Nor should we give simply because we feel compelled to give. If we feel that we have to give, even though we really do not want to, then we are not giving because we love God. And God will not honor that type of giving.

This is what God is trying to tell us in II Cor. 9:7 (NIV): “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” The truth is, that in giving, we are telling God how much we love Him.

If we give only a tiny bit, we are telling God that only love Him a tiny bit. However, if we give our whole tithe, we are telling Him that we do love Him. And if we give beyond our tithe we are telling Him how much we really love Him.

Will God Reward Us For Tithing?

We must be very careful about how we answer this question. The fact is that the Bible says that God will reward those who tithe. The problem is that if we tithe so that we can get more money, God will not reward us.

However, listen to what God says about our giving. Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV) says: “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

And again in Proverbs 11:24-25 (NIV): “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

Even Jesus tells us how important giving is. I like the way the Living Bible puts it where it says in Luke 6:38 “For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give–large or small–will be used to measure what is given back to you.”

How Shall We Give?

Most importantly, we must remember to give our tithe and to give it with a glad heart. That is, rejoice as we give our tithe to God.

Use your money to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That means we also give to help the poor and down trodden. Most of us cannot personally do this, so give to ministries that are doing it


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