A little boy wrote a letter to God asking for $100 so he could buy a bike. He addressed the letter to God, stamped it, and dropped it in the mailbox. Since the letter was stamped and postmarked, the post office forwarded it to the President of the US, thinking that the President might seem like God to a little child.
The President read the letter, amused, and kindly sent the little boy a $5 bill.
A week letter the President received another letter from the same little boy. It read:
Matthew 23:23 (23) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done , and not to leave the other undone.
But let’s look at each of the reasons people don’t tithe. Let’s see if there is a true reason to not give to God
10. It is just a way for the church to control me.
Unfortunately some see the church as just another social business. And the pastor as an employee
We need to keep in mind that we are not just another business, but the Body of Christ.
And we work together to see things accomplished.
Money is needed to do ministry
Our budget this year: $ 46,360.00 which is not much when looking at other churches that do the same level of ministry as us… we have cut every corner we can.
In order to see this met we need an average weekly giving of $891.54
Do you want to see the doors closed? Ministries shut down? Souls going to Hell… if so, don’t give.
So you hold your money to blackmail the church into doing things your way…
Let’s face it, we want to be in control, and tithing is a statement that we're not - God is. So in part, when we tithe, we are saying it again, "I am crucified with Christ."
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
7. There is no room in my budget to give to God
First, if you live strictly by a budget, you should be commended, you are a rare case of discipline and stewardship… Most people don’t even have a budget.
But giving to God is considered a “first fruit”
Exo 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God.
Think about it this way, if someone important was coming to dinner, would you serve them cold, leftover pizza from last night? Then why would we serve God our leftovers?
But I feel you all are good people that love God.
If so, but you are not currently tithing, let me suggest something.
Start off slow. A tithe by definition is 10% Commit to giving God 3% this month, then commit to revisit your budget each month with the purpose of raising your percentage 2-3% each month. Then watch how God will supply your needs. And even sometimes your wants.
God is not a slot machine in which you put in a quarter hoping to get more back!
Yes, Jesus did say, “ Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
If you only give to get more, or even keep what you have, you are giving with the wrong motive…
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
(8) And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:
2. tithing was part of the law, we are now under Grace
This may be the best reason so far to not tithe, but if you don’t use the system of tithing, what system will you use to give to God?
Tithing happened before Moses… both Abraham and Jacob tithed: Hebrews 7:2-6 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
This is talking about Abraham giving to Melchisedec .. a person the Bible describes as a type of Christ
Then Jacob gave a tithe also… Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set [for] a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
But he says that we should go beyond the tithe…
Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The Pharisees tithed, and Christ said that they should, and that we should exceed their righteousness….
The Pharisees tithed, but they didn’t give out justice, mercy, or faith
Let’s not tithe out of obligation, but let us tithe because we are just, because we show mercy to others, and because we are faithful to the call of Christ.
To tithe, or not to tithe, that is the question.