What Does The Bible Teach About Tithing? – Part 2
– by Gerrie Bester
We have seen in the previous article that we are merely stewards of that which belongs to Abba Father (Haggai 2:8). His Word furthermore teaches us in Luke 16:10 that “If you can be faithful in the little you can be faithful in the much.” We are so used to a mindset that when we tithe, “we are out of pocket” because it is a sacrifice that many times becomes more of a burden than a pleasure, especially as the economy presses more and more on our shoulders. What if we took a look at tithing from God’s point of view? What if I tell you that it is not us giving Him 10% by tithing, but it is Him giving us 90%. He gives us stewardship of 90% of a portion of His silver and gold that has always belonged to Him. Suddenly, Malachi 3:8 makes a lot of sense, which says that “we rob Abba Father by not tithing”
God equipped us with our skills
Now the following thought may arise in your heart with regards to the concept mentioned above: “Yes Gerrie, but I worked hard for my money.” That is correct, but if I may explain the irrelevance of such argument with Scripture. Deuteronomy 8:18 teaches us: “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” Ultimately it all belongs to Him and He remains the source of all provision, and the skills we sue to earn such provision. Let us try to understand this through an illustration that the Father laid on my heart, as I desired the truth from His Word with regards to this subject.
Imagine you are at work. I visit your workplace and, in my hands, I hold a delicious chocolate cake, cut in ten even pieces. I then take this delicious chocolate cake and give it to you with the following words: “Here is a chocolate cake for you and your loved ones at home to enjoy. Just one thing I request before you take it. On the way into your office I saw a man sitting by the roadside had nothing and is very hungry. Would you please take one of the ten pieces of this chocolate cake and give it to him on your way home from work? The remaining 9 pieces are for you and your family.”
Tithing is giving back to God
It is something that you never had, right? How arrogant and self-righteous would it be of me to think that I can refuse to “tithe” the first piece of the ten pieces of chocolate cake and claim it as my own. Welcome to the concept of tithing – God’s way! So, what if we look even deeper into the Word of Abba Father? Join me next month as we journey deeper into His truth.
JOY! Magazine (August 2018)