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.

1 comment:

  1. I think we need to go over some basics here and distinguish the difference between tithing and first-fruits. The tithe was not a first-fruit; it never was and never had been. Abraham, gave a tithe from the spoils of war and not from his personal income (hebrews 7, Gen 14). Jacob offered a tithe only after God blessed him first (Gen 28). Leviticus 27 states that the tithe was not be determined whether it was "good or bad". The tithes and first-fruit offerings were not even given at the same time by Israel. So, right off the bat, Pastor Niell is wrong about tithes taken from the first fruits. This is just the basics, If he can't hold the bat right, what makes us think pastor Neill is going to hit a home run with his analysis? Sorry for the hard truth but somebody's gotta say it.

    - jared