WHY EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD TITHE?
1. What is tithing?
“Tithe” means “a tenth part. (10%) of my income.”
2. Is Tithing New Testament Teaching?
Yes. Some may ask, as New Testament believers, we are redeemed from the curse of the law. Therefore, shouldn’t giving be from the heart and not because we are under a mandatory legal system?
Tithing began before the law was introduced. The Law simply regulated the tithe. Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek, 400 years before the time of Moses and the Law, and according to Romans 4:12 we are to walk in the footsteps of the faith of Abraham. If tithing was good for him, it should be good for us, too.
We give tithes like Abraham gave them—not by the Law but by faith. And besides that, if the people of God gave ten percent before the Law, and ten percent under the Law, and then ten percent after the Law as Jesus taught (Matthew 23:23), then why shouldn’t we, who live by grace, be doing any less when we have a better covenant (Hebrews 8:6,NLT).
There is a passage in Hebrews, which deals with this issue directly. It is Hebrews 7:8:
“Priests receive a tenth, even though they are only men who live and then die. But Melchizedek, who received a tenth from Abraham, continues living, as the Scripture says” Hebrews 7:8, NCV
Please note: Melchizedek is a “type of Christ”
3. Why should I tithe?
I. Because God commands it.
“A tenth of all you produce is the Lord’s.” Leviticus 27:30
II. Because Jesus commended it.
“Yes, you should tithe, and you shouldn’t leave the more important things undone either.” Matthew 23:23
III. Because Tithing demonstrates that God has first place in your life.
“The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God in first place in your lives.” Deuteronomy 14:23 (LB)
IV. Because tithing reminds us that everything we have was given to us by God.
“Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Deuteronomy 8:18
V. Because tithing expresses my love to the Lord.
“Each of you should bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.” Deuteronomy 16:17
VI. God says that refusing to tithe is stealing from Him.
“God says ‘Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me!’ But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ God says ‘In tithes and offerings … Bring your whole tithe to My house.’ ” Malachi 3:8-10
VII. Tithing gives God a chance to prove He exists and wants to bless you!
“Bring your whole tithe to My storehouse. Test me in this” says the Lord, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you won’t have room enough for it!” Malachi 3:10
4. What should I tithe?
The tithe should come from the first part of what I earn.
“Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income.” Proverbs 3:9-10
5. Where should I give my Tithe?
The tithe should be given where I worship.
“Bring your whole tithe to My Storehouse (Temple).” Malachi 3:10
6. When should I Tithe?
“On the first day of every week, set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 (LB)
Basically, we should pay our tithes the Sunday following payday. If we have the means to send our tithes via online giving, we should utilize that and send our tithes any day as soon as we receive God’s financial blessings.
7. What is the difference between “Tithe” and an “Offering”?
A tithe is 10% of your total income. An offering is anything you give in addition to your tithe, such as gifts for special projects, Building Fund, etc. Tithing is God’s minimum standard, the starting point. As God prospers you, you will want to give more.
8. “Does our tithe all have to go to our church or can part of it go to a Christian ministry or other causes?
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house” Malachi 3:10
Yes, based on the storehouse principle in Malachi 3:10 a believer’s primary giving, which is the tithe (10% of income) should go to his or her local church. After that any “additional offerings” can go to other Christian causes, as he or she chooses.
9. Faithful Tithing Produces an Uncommon Blessing from God
“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 there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe, ” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 3:10-12, NIV
The Bible talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give (James 1:5).
Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7