There is absolutely nothing in God’s Word against accumulating wealth. In fact, in the days of Jesus’ 1/2 brother James’ church, there were wealthy Christians who owned vast parcels of land.
Without these wealthy Christians the church would not have been able to flourish and help the needy.
While the Lord gives us the ability to create wealth, it’s not what you accumulate that matters. The important issue concerning riches is that we will be held accountable for how we use what God has blessed us with in terms of money.
Tithing is the first step to insure that you will leave an earthly and heavenly legacy. My original take on tithing was that I was supposed to give ten percent of all our monies earned to promote The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
After speaking to my former Professor at Seminary, Prosperly Lyngdoh, Professor of Missions, I began to understand the concept of tithing much better.
Prosperly said that instead of tithing ten percent and then ending up not tithing because it’s too much, start by tithing what you can afford with consistency.
His thought was to be faithful in what you can cheerfully part with, then you will be blessed.
Think of the story of the woman who gave a penny but pleased Jesus because she gave what she could from what she had in terms of money.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
If you cannot afford ten percent of your wealth, try 2%, the idea is to become consistent and faithful in your tithe.
This idea of ten percent was given in the days of the Old Testament when followers of God were under the Law.
This is what Paul said in the New Testament, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7:
“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.”
It’s not about pressure, stress or about what others think. The concept is to give from a cheerful heart.
The tithing should specifically be earmarked for God’s Kingdom work which includes:
Supporting your local church and Pastorate
The Great Commission
Teaching God’s Word
There are hundreds of other ways to use your tithe. This is different than supporting other causes.
Yes, it’s also great and noble to support other causes such as donating to hurricane relief, sponsorship of children in various countries and supporting colleges etc.
This is not the same as tithing to God. There are plenty of rich people who give to multiple causes. While this is good, Father God is most interested in promoting the Gospel because the Gospel saves lives eternally while donations provide temporary relief.
Tithing will get you closer to God as it shows great faith and trust in God through Jesus. I understand that it’s hard to part with money.
This is the problem with that kind of thinking:
God will get your money anyway, so tithe because it’s not your money – it’s God’s wealth that he has given you the ability to create.
“But remember the LORD your God, because he is the one who gives you the ability to produce wealth, in order to confirm his covenant that he promised by an oath to your ancestors, as is the case today.”
Keeping it 💯