one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy.
Deuteronomy 26:1-3, 9:
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession and you have conquered it and settled there, 2 put some of the first produce from each crop you harvest into a basket and bring it to the designated place of worship —the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honoured’’.
9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey! 10 And now, O Lord, I have brought you the first portion of the harvest you have given me from the ground.’
By setting aside a portion of our incomes for God it helps us to stop, think and remember what he has done for us.
Many of us have unstable finances and often get put down by our financial circumstances. We feel as though a little extra money would solve a whole load of problems.
Let’s be real. We have bills, responsibilities and needs that require money.
What good is money without health?
What good is money with a dead spirit?
What good is money with depression, sadness and loneliness?
By setting aside money for God, even though we may not be the richest people on earth it helps us remember that he is the source of health, joy, peace, happiness and love.
17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.
Sometimes we get so busy doing life that we forget the magnitude of what the Lord has done for us.
We forget that:
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins’’. (Ephesians 2:1)
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead’’. (Ephesians 2:4-5).
As it says in the Psalms: “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.’’ (Psalms 103:2).
By continually praising God and giving thanks it keeps His blessings at the forefront of our minds. Tithing is a form of praise, a way in which we can give God thanks for all the things He has done, is doing and will do in our lives.
Life is unpredictable and indeed our finances do fluctuate. Often people feel some type of way or are made to feel some type of way when they are unable to make contributions.
However we need to remember that God knows more than anyone about your financial situation.
“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away”.
So don’t be discouraged.
Continue to pray for God to “supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:19)
And give what you can.
The Widow’s Offering
While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.
2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.
4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
The widow did not have a lot but she gave from her heart!
As tithing is a form of praise it is important that we praise the Lord with all our heart. (Psalm 86:12)
Vehicles of tithing
35 “We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the Lord each year the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree’’.
Many of us tithe through the church. Deuteronomy 26 also speaks about another form of tithing:
“Every third year you must offer a special tithe of your crops. In this year of the special tithe you must give your tithes to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that they will have enough to eat in your towns.’’
Setting aside a portion of our finances for those in need is also a form of tithing.
Above all wherever, however, whatever we tithe let us do so wholeheartedly and filled with the joy of the Lord.
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.
Written by the wonderful Bernie!
An interesting and informative article titled; Creative ways to tithe: http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/creative-ways-to-tithe/