Sunday, July 25, 2010
The Quantity of Our Giving
All that we have we owe to Him. We are bondservants of Jesus Christ: "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Whatever quantity we give, it is still but a token of what He has given us.
I have picked up a phrase from my friend, Pastor Niell: "God's tithe and our offerings." This is a good distinction. God requires ten percent of our income taken from the firstfruits. If you are unsure what "firstfruits" are, you should ask your pastor. You don't need an accountant to figure the tithe, you just need a simple calculator. To not tithe is disobedience, and disobedience is a lack of faith; it is also sin. Sin is a moral issue, not a financial issue. "Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine" (Proverbs 3:9-10).
Tithing sets both a lower and an upper limit on our giving. Ten percent is a minimum—Old or New Covenant. While you may give more, you are not required to give more. Our freewill offerings are gifts that go above and beyond the tithe.