The Powerful Benefits of Tithing
No one likes to think about tithing when it comes to God and His church. If most of us were honest, we would admit that it is far easier to pray, sing God’s praises and help others than it is to turn over 10% of everything we earn to the Lord. Yet God blesses those who tithe, and it is one of the most basic Biblical tests of our faithfulness and stewardship. In fact, the word “tithe” actually means “tenth.”
We are so often thinking about all of your own needs that we put tithing last on our list and tell ourselves, “If I had anything left over, I would certainly give my ten percent, but I never have anything left.” But if you tithed first by setting aside your ten percent for God before paying the bills, you would be surprised to find that you can give your ten percent. You would simply have less for things you don’t really need. And here’s the best part – God will reward you for your faithfulness!
God wants to bless us, but it is difficult to trust us with riches on earth when we won’t share our blessings.
In Luke 16:11, Jesus said,
“…if you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
As a church, we are trying to further God’s kingdom here on earth and bring the comfort of the Lord to other’s lives. Have we saved the world? No. Have we comforted everyone? No. Have we abolished need? No. The Lord asks that we “put our money where our mouths are.” To give back 10% of what we have to try and reach that place where no one is in need.
And yet, God is a loving God. He has not asked us for everything we have. He knows we have to feed our own children and put a roof over our heads. He even knows we have to pay the IRS! He said, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” The IRS is today’s equivalent of Caesar! God hasn’t ignored the realities of living in today’s world. He doesn’t ask for all of it, or even most of it. Not even one quarter of it! Just one tenth. But it still sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? So how do we give up one tenth of what we earn and not ruin ourselves financially?
Well, we turn over so much to God – our cares, our concerns, our personal problems and our health issues. We say, “Dear Lord, heal my friend.” But God is not a doctor. We say, “Jesus, help my spouse and I to get our marriage back on track.” But God isn’t Doctor Phil. But how many of us have said, “God, guide me in my financial decisions. Help me live and work in order to return to you as much as I can for your work here on earth?”
We pray for health, we pray for guidance, we pray for comfort. Why not turn our financial concerns – and our money – over to God? Why not give back a mere slice of what God gives us back to Him? And it is all His, isn’t it?
Part of the problem is giving up control. When we tithe, we don’t know how the money will be used, so we hesitate to hand over our money. But when there is a fundraiser for something specific – a new bell tower at the church, to help a family we know, or for a particular charity – we always find a way to give. Why wait? Aren’t there always people in need? Ministries to be served? Missionaries without funding?
If each and every one of us tithed freely to God, no fundraisers would be needed! There would be plenty to go around! As Americans, we don’t realize how truly God has blessed us financially. We say, “Lord, it is hard to tithe.” But it shouldn’t be, particularly when we have been blessed by God. Because with our success comes the responsibility to use it wisely to help others and further God’s kingdom.
It is easy to forget that our success comes from God’s grace. He has blessed us with so many things – shouldn’t we thank Him by using our blessings in ways that would gladden His heart?
Tithing ensures that our needs will be met and gives back to God what was always His. God is honored when we are faithful. When we acknowledge that God is the true owner and giver of all that we have, we will be rewarded in countless ways.
Ken Blanchard, the author of The One Minute Manager, said, “I absolutely believe in the Power of Tithing and giving back. My own experience about all the blessings I’ve had in my life is that the more I give away, the more comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.”
“…they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will… just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-8
So the next time you think about giving to God, remember that all of your blessings came from Him, and give back your ten percent with a happy heart. He gives us so much and asks for so little!
Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith
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