"Why tithe?". This question has been probably been asked of most pastors-including myself-since Bible times. The question of tithing has been discussed, debated, even divided churches over this subject. Today's post may or may not persuade the non-tither to change; however that's not my purpose. My purpose today is to give some open, practical reasons for tithing. Let's start with this: Tithing is for our benefit, not God's. God doesn't need money; He owns it all. As the late Corrie ten Boom once said: "God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and all the potatoes underneath them. Heaven has a street of see-through gold (Revelation 21;21). God doesn't need your money-no matter how much you make.
Your church, however, needs money to accomplish the plan God has given to the pastor. It costs money to have a place to meet. It costs money to run utilities. Volunteers can do only so much. Utility companies , on the other hand, want real money to provide gas, electricity, water, and telephone service. Things like insurance, property maintenance, and supplies add up. Since God isn't raining money out of Heaven, money for operating costs is going to come the old-fashioned way: through people. People like you and me honoring God with our hearts, mouths, and wallets/purses.
What is the tithe? The tithe means "tenth", the first 10% of your income. Tithing is like gravity: it'll work for anybody. Tithing is mentioned throughout the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Hebrews 7:8. Abraham tithed 430 years before it was part of the Law. Hebrews was written to Christians, not Jews. Are you tithing? If not, then are you really trusting God with your finances?
Where should one tithe? Tomorrow we'll talk about where to tithe. No places will be named; just a look at what the Bible says about the subject. Plus a true story of tithing you don't want to miss.
If you tithe, how much has faithfully tithing benefited you? Your family?
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about tithing, but just hasn't made the decision to do so?