Ten Benefits of Tithing
This is a guest post from rocket who blogs over at Rocket Finance and feels finance isn’t rocket science. Rocket writes about kids and money, charitable giving, taxes, coffee and occasional posts about public policy. If you like what you read, make sure you subscribe to Rocket Finance.
I recently came across this list of ten benefits of tithing and I thought it would be nice to share the list with the readers of Gather Little by Little. I have also included Scripture references for you to check out if you desire along with some editorial comments.
See if you agree:
- God is pleased by your obedience. Malachi 3:10 Regular giving is a sign of obedience to Christ. We prove our lover for Christ by obeying his commands.
- God is honored by your faithfulness. Proverbs 3:9 He deserves our faithfulness.
- Tithing helps to keep your priorities straight. Matthew 6:21 I believe that giving to the Lord is the number one priority for a believer.
- You are eligible for a blessing. Malachi 3:10 But remember, the blessing is not always monetary – God has not promised “health and wealth” to the Christian. The believer is to be content in whatever state he is placed and God has promised to shield us from trials that we are not strong enough to face.
- Guards Christians from selfishness. Acts 20:35 Tithing reminds us that ultimately our money does not belong to us.
- God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:6-12 Are you excited about the opportunity to serve God with your finances?
- Tithing supports the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19,20 Your tithe should go to your local church and God has chosen to work through the church during this ages.
- Tithing ensures that your needs will be met. Matthew 6:33 God has promised that our needs will be met. Needs – but not necessarily “wants”.
- Tithing helps to meet the needs of God’s people. I Corinthians 16:1,2 Hopefully your church seeks to use at least a portion of its budget to help those less fortunate.
- Tithing reminds us that God is the true owner and giver of all that we have. I Timothy 6:17,18 All we have belongs to God and the tithe helps to remind us of this fact.
I do not believe that the tithe must necessarily be a tenth of one’s income. The tenth was the standard for the Old Testament Jews who were governed by the Law. Today, those of us who are privileged to live under grace, are simply challenged to give regularly and willingly to the Lord’s work.
The reality is that the tithe is just the beginning of your service to Christ.