I was teaching Bible study at my mother’s church this morning and I told them a story of a person I know who is a retired lawyer and once had to decide whether or not he should pay his tithes or pay the money to keep his license active. I could go so many places with that story, but I was using it to reiterate the idea that we are not supposed to be conformed to the world; we have to stand on what God says regardless of what the situation looks like. If God says bring your tithes, then bring your tithes and trust that He
will has provide provided all of your needs.
One of the students interrupted, and I was glad because they seemed dry this morning, and asked “where in the Bible does it say we have to pay our tithes?” I got excited because I was thinking to myself finally we are getting real in here. I know they have questions, they are just not comfortable asking them.
I am sharing this because I think that for some, there is a lack of understanding of the concept of tithing.
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts… (Malachi 3:8-11 NKJV)
She brought up several things:
1. Does the Bible say to tithe?
As you can see, in the book of Malachi, it does. Some people want to use the argument that tithing was part of the law and now we are not bound by the law; however, tithing was practiced before the law was put in place (Genesis 14:20).
2. Who says a tithe is 10%?
The word tithe in Malachi 3:8 comes from the Hebrew word maaser and it means a tithe or a tenth part.
3. Who says a tithe is just money?
She brought up a very good point. She felt as though you don’t have to just give your money, you can give your time, love and other non monetary valuables. This is true; you can and should do that. But it is still an instruction from God to give a tenth of your monetary earnings, however that is measured. During the time of Abraham, goods and livestock were assigned value and traded; nowadays, we use currency.
It is important to understand that giving a tenth of your income is not about money going to God through the church. Your tithes are a form of worship. It is saying that God I trust you with my finances, I honor you with my finances, and you come first.
You give out of obedience and love for God; but still know that the money you give is more like an investment into your future. God says to “try Him” and we will see that when we are obedient in our giving, He will open the floodgates of heaven and pour upon us a blessing we won’t even have room to hold.
This form of worship also has the ability to silence the enemy when it comes to your finances. The enemy has no legal right to operate in you and your life unless you allow him. You already have victory through Jesus Christ. Look at your tithes and offerings as another weapon against the “devourer”.
Have faith in God in all areas of your life, including your finances.