TITHE (1): Why I Tithe?

Updated: Jan 15, 2020

TITHE (1): Why I Tithe?

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is the truth. John 17:17 (NIV)

In each generation, the enemy of faith often rears up his head in arguments in order to to ambush and derail people, ignorant of the word of God. Unfortunately, where the light of the word of God is missing, the order of the day is the reign of evil and darkness. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples (Isaiah 60:2). Yet when the LORD rises upon His people, His glory naturally dispel darkness and confusion. The power of evil is darkness. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor. 4:4).

May the entrance of God’s word bring you light and understanding (Psalm 119:130).

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you (Isaiah 60:1).

Why I tithe?

Tithes refer to a tenth part of a person’s earning, income or gift voluntarily paid as a contribution for the support of a local church. The first practice of “tithing “was recorded in the Holy Bible over six thousand years ago before the advent of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible shows tithe as God’s idea for supernaturally blessing human.

In the New Testament, we do not give tithe as an obligation or in fear but out of love to God who invested the life of His Son to save us eternally. It is not a debt we owe but seeds we sow in love.

I personally tithe as a loving response to God’s faithfulness in my life.

I will share with you 12 reasons why I regularly tithe with excitement.

1) It is my expression of Love to God

Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matt. 22:37-40

I give my tithe to God as an expression of my love to Him for giving me abundance life in Christ (John 3:16). You can simply not love and not give. Every form of giving is a love and relationship issue. Giving tithe is a love and relationship issue. Giving to whom you love is fun, never burdensome. Jesus invited us to love God with all we have.

Tithing is not a command in the New Testament, it is a giving principle.

We give out of love, from the heart genuinely connected to God (Matt.15:8-9).

We honour God genuinely from our hearts in spirit and in truth.

The Bible recognises two types of God- the real God and Mammon. No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money (Matt. 6:24). In fact, the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grieves (1 Tim 6:10).

Giving of tithe is a question of heart. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6:21). It should be given from a cheerful heart as an act of worship and not from legalistic law stand as an obligation.

2) It is my way of appreciating & honouring God for the gift of life

Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” . Proverbs 3:9–10

Tithing is my way of honouring God as my Creator, my Lord and my Source.

He is the owner of me and all I own, dead or alive. I will continue to tithe so long I am alive.

Nothing matters when you are no more alive. I give tithe out of appreciation and celebration of God who keeps me alive and is able to provide for all my needs according to His riches in glory. Tithe is foremost to appreciate rather than to attract God’s blessing. We are simply returning to Him 10% of what He blessed us with even though he could have requested 90% and still be just. Money and materials are the least of God's blessing. There are things money cannot buy - health, joy, life, peace, favour, salvation, eternity etc. and He gave us all free (1 Tim 5:6; Eph. 4:18).

Early believers knew the virtue of honouring God with acts of sacrifice. King David refused to be given a free land to offer sacrifice to the Lord (2 Samuel 24:24; 1 Chronicles 21:24). King Solomon once offered God a thousand offering, like no man or king ever did.

The Jews who built the first temple gave more than needed and had to be forced to stop giving (Exodus 36:5). What a great way of showing loving to their Lord.

3) It is my expression of faith

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 (ESV) – Also Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38

I give my tithes and offerings in faith expecting to be blessed by the Lord.

Tithing is a faith exercise demanded by God. The righteous shall live by his faith!

No place in the Bible was tithe, offering or 1st fruit enforced with force. It is a personal choice of faith if you want supernatural blessing upon your life or not (Malachi 3:10). Yet Bible and our present environment is filled with faith giving. I have seen great Cathedrals, Temples and Churches built in faith. I walked through physical demonstration of early believers' faith in Israel- great temples, archaeological excavations and artifacts. If you will remove product of “faith giving” from earth, there shall hardly be any structure left to proof human relationship with God either in Christianity, Islam, Judaism or any other religion.

All religions are sustained by the sacrificial giving of the faithful worshippers.

Under the new covenant we are justified by the exercise of our faith in love. If you only tithe as an act of obligation it becomes an act of legalism and you are placing yourself under the law.

But if you tithe in love as an act of faith expecting to receive the blessings God promised to all cheerful givers, then your tithe is acceptable to the Lord.

Tithing is a proof of believer's faithfulness. Where your treasure is will your heart be also!

When you are choosing a potential life partner, find a partner who is faithful with money.

When choosing a business partner, choose someone who honours God with his or her resources. If he would not honour God, what hope do you have that such could be faithful to you?

4) I give tithe in obedience to the Lord’s commandment

Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. 22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. 23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. 24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. 25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. Job 22:21-25 (KJV)

Human only accepted response to God’s love is obedience, “ For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (1 John 5.3-4).”

It is dangerous to live in disobedience. The Bible calls non-tithers God’s robber (Malachi 3:10).

I choose not to belong to that fold. Someone might say, "do you really believe non-tithers will not make heaven?" Well, I choose to obey God’s word rather than follow human logic, ideas or reasoning- no matter how popular. I know what will happen to thieves in judgement.

If God said non-tithers rob Him and He will be the final judge, I choose to take Him by His words. More so, I choose to obey Him in love not in fear or as an obligation. I have no personal view but scriptural view which is not opened to debate or discussion. Apostle Paul said that, “though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:8 KJV)." I choose to take God by His words.

Two major ways of missing God’s blessing is through ignorance of His Words or by sheer disobedience. The person who does not know what to do and the one who refuses to do share the same destiny. The blessing of God is for those who follow His directions and obey His instructions (Isaiah 1:19; Matt. 22:29). To obey God’s instruction is better than sacrifice.

5) It is the demonstration of my covenant walk with God

You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:17-18

I consciously use my tithe to covenant with God as His son in service.

Many who fail to honour tithe hardly could serve God in a great way. They are always hindered by shame, guilt and fear of being discovered as an irresponsible believer.

Tithers, in the other hands, are natural givers (to friends, family and human cause).

Non tithers hardly occupy responsible position in Church or elsewhere. Many are hindered from serving in their church for being labelled parasites than responsible contributors.

It is also right to say that most tithers have intimate relationship with God.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).

6) I tithe to relate with Jesus Christ as my High Priest

Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. Hebrews 7:8-10 (NKJV)

I give my tithe to Jesus Christ, in His present role today as our High priest who intercedes for man in the presence of God. Though men collect the money on earth, the Bible reveals it is Jesus Christ Himself who receives every tithe in the heavenly realm.

He is our Melchizedek as He was for Abram (Gen. 14:17-20). Jesus Christ still collects tithes today, as our High Priest that intercedes for us in the presence of God. Jesus Christ, in the order of Melchizedek collected tithes from Abram (before the Law was given by Moses) and He is still collecting it today (Heb. 6:20; Heb. 7:1-9).

Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever more (Heb. 13:8).

7) It is a display of my stewardship of God’s resources

To whom much is given, much is expected. Luke 12:48

Tithing is an expression of my financial stewardship to God.

God is the owner of all things on earth, including my life. I am only a steward (Ps. 24:1; Job 1:21).