Should We Tithe?

Tithing has become something that most people, even Christians, ignore. In fact, many Christians say that tithing is an Old Testament commandment. They say “I am a New Testament Christian, tithing doesn’t apply to me.” Are you sure this is true? The Old Testament is still part of God’s Holy Bible. You need to rethink this.

The Most Important Rule

One idea that many Christians have is that, as a Christian, we are free to do whatever we want. However, listen to what 1 Cor. 10:23 (NIV) says: “’Everything is permissible’–but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’–but not everything is constructive.”

Yes, through Jesus, we are given freedom. However, if you want the best that God has to offer you, you must still follow some rules. God established rules so that we can know how to do what God asks us to do.

Here is where many Christians miss it. We believe that after we become a Christian, God will bless us unconditionally. And yes, there are many blessings that God immediately bestows upon us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

However, we are living in a physical world. This means that to receive physical blessings, we need to be aware of the physical things that we need to do. God has created physical laws that cannot be broken. We immediately recognize many of them: for instance, the law of gravity, the law of motion, the law of nature, etc. However, there are also spiritual laws that are reflected in physical laws.

The Law Of Tithing

There are many laws that are not immediately apparent to us. One of these is the law of tithing. I can already hear you saying: “But that is an Old Testament law, I am a New Testament Christian.” Yes, it is found in the Old Testament. However, throughout the Old Testament, God has revealed His laws of His physical universe. These cannot be broken without a penalty being paid. The law of the tithe is one of these.

Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:17 (NIV): “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” The law of tithing is still valid.

The book of Acts reports what Jesus said about this. Acts 20:35 (NIV): “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

If you study the lives of non-Christians who have discovered this law, you will realize how powerful a law this is. When people start giving to others, out of the generosity of their heart, their finances actually began to increase. For some it is immediate. For others it takes a little while, but it always happens. Take heed. If this law works for non-Christians, what do you think will happen for Christians?

God’s Warning

Listen to what Malachi 3:8 (NIV) says: “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings.”

You see, God has established a very definite spiritual law and it extends into the physical world. God put us on this earth to take care of it. He said that everything is for our use. This is what the story of the creation tells us. Yet, God reserved one tenth (that is what a tithe means) for His own use.

In other words, one tenth of everything that we have control over in our lives, belongs to God. When we do not give a tithe of what we have to God, we are actually stealing from Him. How can God bless us when we do this?

God Command To Tithe

There are several places in the Bible that tell us to tithe. The most important is found in Leviticus 27:30 (NIV): “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”

“But,” you say, “I am not a farmer, I do not sell grain or fruit.” Remember, when this commandment was given this was the only way people had to make money. This command is saying that all the income we receive falls under this commandment. A tithe is 1/10 of everything that we receive and it belongs to God.

Give Because You Want To

The secret to receiving God’s blessing through our giving lies in how we give. Listen to 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.”

We will not receive God’s blessings when we give, if we only give because we think that we have to, in order to receive God’s blessings. Give because you want to and for no other reason and something wonderful will happen, God will bless you.

To receive God’s blessing, we must put together Malachi 3:8 and II Cor. 9:7. It is not enough to just give a tithe of what we make. Neither is it enough to just give something cheerfully. The only way it works to receive God’s blessing is to combine them. In other words, give a tithe, but give it willingly and cheerfully.

God’s Challenge

Listen to what Malachi 3:10 says. Malachi 3:10 (NIV): “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’”

God is telling us to test Him in this. In fact, it is the only time that God tells us to test Him. He dares us to tithe. Do you want God’s blessing? Then you must take the first step. Whether you think you can afford it or not, start tithing. If 10% is actually impossible for you (and for a few people, this will be true), then start with 2% or 3%. Do this with the full intention of increasing it as soon as it is possible. Remember, God looks at your heart. It is not what you are doing, but why you are doing it that matters to God.

And remember this other very important point. Do not start giving yourself new things before you reach the full 10% of your income. Commit yourself to increase your giving until you reach your goal of 10%, then start rewarding yourself. When you do this, God can and will bless you in ways that you cannot imagine.

God has proven Himself faithful to millions of people when they tested Him in this way. Are you willing to step out in faith and believe what God has said in this Holy Bible? If so, then first accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Then commit yourself to tithing and see what blessings God can and will bestow upon you.

 




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