“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)
There are two questions that always come up whenever the subject of money is discussed in the context of Scripture as we seek to discover God’s will. The first is, “Should Christians Tithe?” And the second, which is more telling than the first, is, “Do I tithe off of the Gross, or the Net?”
Jesus did not die to make us born-again bean counters. The whole point of the Gospel is love. Specifically sacrificial love. Jesus paid it all; all to Him I owe. Why should we balk in any measure when the Lord reaches into our bank account and asks something from us? It all belongs to Jesus anyway you look at it.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2Co 8:9).
Inasmuch as God wants us to become more and more like Jesus, then we can rightly conclude that sooner or later He is going to lovingly deal with us over our attitudes regarding money – to see if we are proper stewards of it, or if we are in fact enslaved by it.
And the first way He addresses this touchy subject is by calling for the Tithe. And how we respond shows a great deal about the true condition of our hearts. Some do it; others debate it.
But consider this – “The tithe is holy unto the Lord”(Leviticus 27:30). Indeed it is, but the very fact that I’m quoting from Leviticus raises the argument that Tithing is a part of the Law, and since we are under grace it no longer applies to us.
The truth is that tithing is not a matter of the Law, rather it was instituted by Abraham as an act of faith and love long before the Law was ever given. The Law only affirms the truth that existed before it came; a truth that stands even to this day – “The tithe is holy unto the Lord.”
In other words, when we set aside the firstfruits of our increase to honor the Lord because of our love for Him, He regards this as a very special and devoted thing. He marks it as Holy, and therefore blesses us greatly for setting it aside. Indeed, He opens the windows of heaven and pours out for us such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it!
“Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase — so shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses burst forth with new wine!” (Proverbs 3:9,10)
Hey, sign me up for that! Right? I can only assume that you want the same for yourself – so tomorrow I’m going to show you how to get in on this deal of the ages!