Tithing 101

 Photo by  Kate Remmer  on  Unsplash

Photo by Kate Remmer on Unsplash

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.

Malachi 3:10

 

The question still exists, “How much should I give to God?”  Whatever your reason for asking this question, whether you wonder if tithing is only an Old Testament practice, or if God will tell you when to give, or perhaps you think you don’t have any money to give, or maybe you’ve never learned what the Bible says about giving, there is an answer.  

Tithing is first mentioned in Genesis 14:20 when Abram voluntarily gave away a tenth (or tithe) of his possessions and money as a means of worshiping God.  He did so without any expectation of receiving any blessings in return. Tithing is still a part of the Christian walk. But now we do it out of love through grace not under the law.  Luke 6:38 says, Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  This scripture points out that in these New Testament times we too have an opportunity for wonderful blessings if we give to the Lord. The blessings may or may not be financial, but we will open the door to experience a closer, more intimate trusting walk with God.

Let’s put tithing into perspective.  God gives us 100% of our money. In gratitude to God we should give back to him 10% of the money – our tithe.  The next principle is that we should give back 10% to ourselves – our savings. The remaining 80% is God’s provision for us to meet our needs.  No matter what our financial situation, we should honor God first. If you are new to this concept, or perhaps 10% seems like a stretch to you, then commit to give something on a regular basis with a plan to increase your giving to 10%.  Watch and see what the Lord will do in your life.

 

Rebecca SahrComment