2 Ways God Promises to Benefit You for Tithing
Tithing is often a very misunderstood spiritual concept. You can find Christian teaching that’s all over the map when it comes to the tithe. Some people say that tithing is just an Old Testament principle that doesn’t apply to us today in the New Covenant. On the other extreme there are people that say God punishes people today who don’t tithe. I’ve actually heard sermons where preachers said things like, “If you don’t tithe God will take it from you in doctors bills and car repairs.” Neither of these extreme views line up with scripture. So let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about tit
Don’t Mess With My Money!
A funny thing happens when you start talking about money as a Christian. Most people start to get uncomfortable. Money is one of those things that most people do not want to talk about. Somehow most folks feel like talking about money is unspiritual and worldly.
Some of that ill feeling is warranted because unfortunately far too many preachers do get manipulative when it comes to dealing with finances. When that happens the preacher is getting in the flesh because God never manipulates or controls anyone, not even with their finances.
At the same time, even when ministers teach about money with a Godly perspective some Christians get irritated because they feel like the Church has no business in their business, so to speak. That’s also a fleshly attitude. It’s just on the part of the listeners instead of the preachers.
Jesus and Money
People who say money isn’t appropriate for ministers to talk about will have to set aside much of what Jesus said during his earthly ministry. In fact, Jesus had more to say about money than he did about heaven and hell combined! In fact the only subject Jesus talked about more than money is the Kingdom of God! And some of his teaching on the Kingdom of God dealt with money too.
In the parable of the unjust steward Jesus calls managing money the “least” of our responsibilities.
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? — Luke 16:10-11
Jesus didn’t mean that we should ignore money because it’s insignificant. When he says it’s the “least” of our responsibilities he means that money is the first thing we need to get sorted. If we can’t even handle our money properly in godly ways, then we are going to have problems in all other areas of our life.
Therefore money is critically important. Our attitude towards money and how we manage it is the foundation that sets the stage for every other aspect of our spiritual lives.
And if our understanding of money lays the foundation of our spiritual lives, then tithing is the place we need to start.
What Is The Tithe?
When we talk about tithing and the tithe we’re not using terms that are common today. Because it’s not a common word, some folks can be uncertain what is meant by tithing.
Simply put the word tithe means the tenth part. Another way to say it is that the tithe is ten percent.
So when we talk about tithing, we mean offering ten percent of our regular income to God. And as we’ll see, we’re talking about giving that 10% specifically to the local church.
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