Tithing Scriptures: What the Bible Says About Tithing
Finding and Understanding Tithing Scripture
Tithing Scriptures in the Bible
From one end of the pew to the other, the gold-plated collection plate is passed as its lustrous surface scatters light along the ceiling and walls.
The act of tithing, as such collections are called in the church, is one of the most questioned practices in Christian living; however, tithing scriptures in the Bible tell us it is one of the greatest acts of obedience a Christian can practice.
The purpose of tithing, found in Deuteronomy 14:22-23 (NLT), is made clear: to “teach you always to fear the Lord your God.” By practicing good tithing habits, scripture tells us we are showing God our desire to put him first place in our lives.
In Deuteronomy, Christians are directed to not only give ten percent of their income, but to give their first and their best. This means Christians should strive to not only pay or take out tithes upon receiving your paycheck, but to always put God above your bills and other responsibilities.
While tithing scripture lays out the foundation for why the tithe is an important part of obedience, a struggling economy or other interests can tempt us with fear or greed to skip the tithe.
Writing from Macedonia to encourage the Corinthians to solve internal struggles, Paul defended the collection of tithes in scripture, saying, “Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly,” (2 Corinthians 8:12, NLT).
Paul points out a family’s needs should not be affected by tithing, but rather, each person should give in proportion to what they have been given (2 Corinthians 9:10) while giving as much as they are able to (2 Corinthians 8:12, 9:16).
2 Corinthians also contains two other important factors in which Christians are encouraged to measure their giving against, including following through on previous financial promises (8:10), such as pledges to ministries not met; and to give according to what your own heart and mind tell you is right.
The latter factor is an important one, as church debate and debate among other Christians on tithing can create pressure on a person to pay more, thinking they won’t see the blessings or favor of God without increasing their tithe.
These feelings of fear or unnecessary pressure are the works of the enemy; don’t listen and instead, do as Paul outlines in 2 Corinthians 9:7:
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
Finally, tithing scripture even outlines directions in measuring whether or not the ministry you are tithing into is the right place for you to sow your seed.
Twice in the Bible, scripture dictates churches and other Christian ministries should give at least a tenth of tithes collected (Numbers 18:25-29) to advance the kingdom of Heaven on projects outside the church, such as feeding the needy and providing assistance to struggling families or communities (1 Timothy 5:3).
When the church tithes, regardless of economic climate or uncertainty, you can be assured that God will return to you in full measure grace, favor, mercy and blessings you cannot contain.
Remember what Paul said:
“Right now you have plenty and can help those are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it,” (2 Corinthians 8:15).
This is the only area in which God directly tells us to challenge Him; invest in Christ’s people by sowing your seed--your tithe--into strong Christian ministries and be a cheerful giver!
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