Tithing...do we have a spirit of liberality

Tithe means “tenth.” In the Old Testament, The Israelites were commanded: “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30).

In other words, tithe is a way of putting God first.

Tithe can either be:

The gatekeeper to a flood of blessings An ocean of frustration

3 Levels Of Giving:

  1. Tithe: Returning to God 10% of what He gave you in the first place

    1. If God gives you 10, you give Him 1 back

    2. 94% of evangelical Christians do not do this

    3. Don’t allow 10% to hold you back from a dynamic relationship with

      God

  2. Offerings: Anything you give over and above a tithe

    1. It’s an act of trust

    2. It’s an act of hope

  3. Extravagant Offerings: Giving well beyond 10% because you understand

    how blessed you already are

    1. You have the means

    2. You understand how blessed you are

    3. You understand your potential to bless others

    4. You know that you can’t outgive God’s ability to bless

But it’s about more than just the 10%. It’s about understanding that:

  • —  God owns it all. It all came from Him.

  • —  He provided the entire 100% in the first place

  • —  I am “giving” Him what is already His. We can never really give anything to God.

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Instead, we are to honor him with all that we have. It’s not 10%, it’s 100%.

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

2 Responses To Giving:

  1. Obligation: I give because it’s what God requires of me

    1. This robs us of our worship

    2. The position of your heart is as important as the proportion of

      your giving

    3. Turns us into consumers. We ask, “What am I getting for my

      giving?”

  2. Gratitude: I give because God has given to me

    1. Shows an understanding of what God has given us beyond

      monetary value.

    2. Instead of producing entitlement that leads to resentment, giving

      out of gratitude produces joy.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

We often think tithe is God wanting something FROM us rather than wanting something FOR us. But the truth is, you can’t become more like Jesus unless you are giving:

— God is a giver, not a taker
Takers are not more like Jesus, givers are

I am limited in my ability to give back. But God is unlimited in his ability to supply my needs. Giving is not a problem when we realize that without God, we wouldn’t have anything. We wouldn’t have a home, a job, or food to ear. We would have nothing if it weren’t for the grace and mercy of God.

So when it comes to tithing, God is not asking anything FROM you. He is simply asking you to give back a small percent of what He put in your hands in the first place.

Three Giving Challenges:

  1. Tithe: Try 10% for 90 days

  2. Offering: Go above and beyond as an act of worship

  3. Extravagant Offering: If you have the means, bless others in a big way