Randy’s Top 10 List: Financial Giving

Please read through all 10 of these amazing truths from the Bible that you may never before have understood.

  1.  It’s in the Bible. In the Old Testament Law, God commanded families to give back one-tenth (10%), a tithe, to the Lord. But this was not a new practice. Abraham tithed in Genesis 14:19-20. Jacob tithed in Genesis 28:20-22. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees saying about tithes, “These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others (meaning justice and mercy).” The concept of giving at least 10% is littered throughout the Bible.
  2.  It honors God. Jacob said to the Lord, “And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” Jacob understood that all that he received was from the Lord. He gave a full 10% back to God to honor Him for life’s provisions. Do we fully recognize and honor God for His provisions?
  3.  It demonstrates that we love God. John says, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God.” (1 John 3:1) Imagine that God has loved you so much that He was willing to send His only Son to die in your place, so that you could become one of His children, forever! What is a response of love in return? Obedience. Generosity! When we give financially (even sacrificially) to the work of His kingdom, we are demonstrating our love for Him.
  4.  It shows that we care about Jesus’ Bride, the Church. Sometimes I think we forget that the church is not some building or corporate institution. It is the greatest organization in world history! It is the Bride of Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 5, it says that Jesus loved, cherished and sacrificed Himself for His Bride (the church). When we give to support the ministries and growth of the church we show that we care for Jesus’ most prized possession – His Bride!
  5.  It is an evidence that we trust God to be our provider. At the end of Matthew 6, Jesus explains that the ungodly run around like crazy trying to take care of themselves financially. He then says that the Father knows that we need things to survive. But then Jesus releases them from worry by getting their focus in the right place – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you .” (Matthew 6:33) When we give to God’s work, even when we don’t know how we’re going to make it, we show faith that God will provide. And He will!
  6.  It will help us guard against the evil of loving money. Paul, exhorted Timothy to instruct believers in the church (kind of like I’m doing now) to be warned about riches. Rich people tend to be hoarders. Paul gives this great warning in 1 Timothy 6:9-10, “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” When we give generously and faithfully it helps us to remember not to fall into the temptations that lead to bad things!
  7.  We will have the joy of seeing God’s kingdom advance due to our generosity. One of the greatest joys that I have experienced in life is seeing people’s lives changed here at TBBF and around the world. I know that in a small way Susan and I have contributed to this by tithing to TBBF regularly, and by supporting missionaries beyond that. It is impossible to know exactly the eternal impact of those resources, but I expect that it is infinitely more than the monetary value that we have given. And what have we given, anyway? Only that which God gave us in the first place! So, God still gets all the glory!
  8.  It will reinforce the virtue of living within our means. Sometimes giving 10%+ is hard. Life hits us with unexpected expenses. During some months finances are tight. But we make our tithes and missionary offerings our first priority. This life principle that guides us forces us to be careful to live within our means. And we’re definitely not perfect at this, but it also helps us to stay away from the pitfalls of debt.
  9.  God will reward us with blessings in this life. Here are two great passages that I am convinced teach principles of how God rewards those who tithe. Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” And Malachi 3:10-12, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts.” I can testify to the Lord’s faithfulness in this. Have you experienced this too?
  10.  God will reward us with blessings that will last for all of eternity. We all want a good return on our investment. How about this kind of return? Someone gives you their resources, you invest 10% of what they gave you, and then you get an amazing return to keep that lasts forever! That’s what happens when God gives what He owns to us, we give Him back 10%+, and this then accumulates as a credit to us in eternity. Where does the Bible teach this? Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.

These are just 10 reasons to financially give back to the Lord that I came up with quickly. Each one of these could be a sermon. Maybe Paul will do a series on this sometime. If you are not experiencing the blessing of tithing, forgive me for being a little direct, but please stop wasting what God has given to you. God will bless in ways that you cannot imagine.

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