Giving (tithing) is mentioned 32 times in the Bible! It must have been important to have been mentioned so many times. So, why do we give? Here are a few (although there are many more) reasons:
Tithing Is Biblical - Genesis 28:22 reads "And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God's house, and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you." Leviticus 27:30 reads "And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's. It is holy to the Lord." God's instructions are clear. As an act of faith we are commanded to return to Him and His works at least 10% of what He's given us. Why should we begrudge God 10% when everything actually belongs to Him?
To Honor Our Creator - Matthew 22:21 reads "Render...unto God the things that are God's." All things come from God, and belong to God. We are merely stewards of His blessings.
Tithing Reflects Our Hearts - Matthew 6:21 reads "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." We prioritize those things that are most important to us, and that is how we spend our time, our minds and our money.
Tithe To Show Love - Love is the strongest motivator in the world. God loved us so much he sacrificed His son for our sins. For someone who genuinely loves the Lord, tithing is only the beginning of his giving. He gives not only of his time and money, but offers these things cheerfully and with love.
Tithe To Enjoy God's Blessing - Malachi 3:10 reads "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." This promise is not a "give Him one dollar and He'll give you four dollars back" type of blessing. His blessings are not always monetary, but they will be poured out on you for following this commandment.
Tithing Is A Benefit - The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) instructs us to "...Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..." and this cannot be fulfilled without financial support. Ministry takes money, it's a simple as that, and we are all called to help in this way.
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