|Today’s Scripture: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7|
|In the Old Testament, we read about Abraham offering a tithe to Melchizedek, the king of Salem. Later, the tithe was instituted in Israel in the law. The only instances of the words “tithe”, “tithes”, or “tithing” in the New Testament are in condemnation of the Pharisees or in reference to Israel and Abraham giving tithes. (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42, Luke 18:12, and Hebrews 7:5-9)
If tithing is rarely mentioned in the New Testament, does that imply that tithing is wrong? Of course not! We just looked at several ways that I believe tithing is important. In the Old Testament, a tithe was required, but we are no longer under the law. Instead, we are told to give according as we purpose in our heart; our giving is a reflection of our heart!
We are not to give because we have to; we are to give cheerfully. Our giving to God and others is a reflection of our gratitude and appreciation for what they have done and mean to us. Instead of being bound by a required percentage, we are able to express our love for our Savior.
The Scriptures are full of admonitions about sowing and reaping. Yet, in this instance, it is given in direct connection with giving. Some pastors take this too far and say that God will make you rich if you give. Although God has promised that He will bless when we give, He never promised financial gain. If we are willing to give to God bountifully, He will bless us with more so that we can give even more back to Him.
God wants to bless us more than we can even imagine. Yet, we aren’t willing to trust Him enough to take care of us. My dad has a saying, “We trust God for salvation, but we aren’t willing to trust Him for a hamburger.” God will take care of us. Take a moment to consider your giving. Is it what God would want it to be? Do you have the right attitude? Remember, God will bless in accordance to our giving.
Let’s not be content with only a tithe! Purpose to give today to show the Savior how much you love Him.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.