“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10)
Tithing is the practice of giving back to God the first 10% of everything we make. It seems to be a hot topic in the church today. It’s a source of controversy and is constantly debated among church circles. Some like to argue that tithing is an Old Testament concept that served its purpose years ago and is no longer relevant to us today. But the truth is, God commands it and when we don’t do it we are disobeying God. Very few things demonstrate what we trust more than how we handle our money.
Tithing is an act of worship. When you give your tithe, you are acting in obedience and worship to God and inviting His blessing in all areas of life. God doesn’t ask us to give for His benefit–He does it for us. Every resource we have is from God anyway. When we give our resources, our hearts always go with our money. Our passion and connection to the mission of what God’s doing on the earth grows as we give.
The tithe is just a starting place—the most basic place of obedience to God. When we hold loosely the things of this earth that threaten to steal our hearts, we become more and more like Jesus Christ. The Lord says to trust Him with our finances and resources and watch as the floodgates of heaven open and pour out an overflow of blessings.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You are my only Provider. Help me to hold the resources You’ve entrusted to me with open hands and give generously and cheerfully to Your Glory. Amen.