"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
(Malachi 3:10 KJV)
Money is important to Our Awesome God, not because He needs or wants it, but because it is important to you, so it is important to God. In fact, God is interested in how you get it, how you spend it, how you save it and how you share it. And don't say it's not spiritual because how you handle your money is a test of where your heart is.
In Malachi's day, people had treated Our Awesome God very badly by stealing from Him (3:8). They had become bored with God. Their worship had turned from personal to ritual. As a result they offered blemished sacrifices (1:6-14); the priests were unfaithful (2:1-9); divorce was easy and happened frequently (2:10-17); their words wearied God (2:17); employers were cheating their workers, cheating their customers and taking advantage of widows, orphans and gentiles (3:1-5).
Now a tithe today is just 10% of your gross income (before anything is taken out) and is only the minimum amount you should be returning to Our Awesome God. These were a poor people in Malachi's Day but God knew that their heart had strayed from Him and He wanted them to return to their worship of Him. Some reasons to invoke the tithe was 1) tithing admits God's Divine ownership in our lives, 2) tithing brings an important part of lives under the control of Jesus Christ, 3) when the first fruit is holy, the whole lump of earnings will be holy and God will bless the 90% you still have, 4) tithing makes our heart more receptive to God's will, 5) God will bless all areas of our lives if we are in His will, 6) we are stealing from God when we withhold it and 7) it blesses your church by enabling it to carry out a greater ministry. The tithe is to go to your local church but an offering above the tithe can go to any worthy group or purpose you designate. Tithing is an act of worship but it is also a holy act (Leviticus 27:30) one that shows God where your heart is.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also have Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill