The Powerful Benefits of Tithing

July 10, 2009 by  
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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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3 Responses to “The Powerful Benefits of Tithing”
  1. Amen! Thank you for blogging on this topic.

    In challenging economic times it’s even more important for people to know (or be reminded) what the Bible has to say on the topic of tithing or generous giving. It’s not about giving to “get” of course, but there is a promise of abundant blessing for putting God first in your finances (and everything else) and as we remain faithful in doing so, even when our personal finances are troubled, that promise is kept (praise God)!

    I recently wrote two posts on my blog about tithing that received some interesting feedback. I make it a point to keep my posts under 800 words, so sometimes my thoughts aren’t fully developed or explored. That may have been a mistake since there were many assumptions (and attacks) made in the gaps.

    Although my posts do refer to tithing as 10%, it was intended to be conveyed as a starting point, not a limit or maximum in any way. Nor did I intend to dismiss the importance of our joyful giving in areas besides finances. Although I certainly received some of the “Amen” responses one would hope for on a topic like this, I received plenty with the sentiment that tithing/giving was OT and they didn’t need to give at all … or that to even use the “T” word was an abomination to the concept of joyful, generous giving which exceeds 10% in involves more than just money.

    I appreciate the time you put into your post, your willingness to speak out on the topic and hope that you will feel blessed by the feedback you receive – including mine.

    If you are interested in checking out my posts on Tithing, you can find me at http://lifecoachyost.blogspot.com/

    Blessings!

  2. Teachforever says:

    Tithing is one of the most powerful demonstrations of faith in a true a living God. When we can let go of money and the love of it for the love of God, then we have truly advanced in our relationship with God.

  3. Aston says:

    I have recently just started tithing and I am so excited to see how God is going to bless me and my family. I want a stronger relationship with God and feel this is one way to accomplish this goal. I can honestly say that since we have been tithing, lots of blessings have come our way that we wouldn’t imagine would have happened. God is great and the least I can do is give back some.

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