It is often thought and taught that the Bible teaches a tithe of ten percent. The verses in the Old Testament used most often are Abraham’s offering to Melchizedek (Gen.14.18-20), and the verse in Malachi (3.8) “Will man rob God?” If you used Abraham, it must be remembered that Abraham gave nothing of his own money—he gave from the spoils of war—today God ordains no one to go to war before each Sunday. The verse in Malachi speaks of a time under the law.
In the age of grace, there are several specific instructions starting with taking care of your family and relatives, having your own personal ministry of giving, to lay your gift aside so that you already know your ability to give, and to give as you are prospered.
But, the more important thing to remember is that all you have belongs to God. The question is not one of a ten percent tithe; it is a question of how much of God’s money will you use up on yourself? Do you feel that with all the needs in God’s Kingdom that you should consume 90%, 80%, 70%—I think you get the idea? God has given you all the skills and all the prosperity that you have. If it’s God’s money, do you tell him how much He can have, or do you ask Him how much you can use.
Published on Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 4:17 AM CDT