How Tithing and Offerings Impact the Christian Life

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In today’s modern world, the idea of tithing and making regular offering to God has fallen by the wayside for many individuals. Many are struggling financially, and the idea of relinquishing some of your financial wealth or possessions simply doesn’t seem like good financial sense.

Tithing and offerings are not about the Christian giving his own money to the Lord, but rather an act of returning it to the original owner. All things exist through His grace, and therefore in truth, the wealth that you have, you keep only as a steward upon His behalf. So, if you think about it, when a Christian chooses not to tithe, he is in fact stealing from God.

According to Malachi 3:7-10:

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said,’ Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God?’ Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, ‘Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse, for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 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 blessings that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

In this passage, there are two very important ideas that should be recognized. The first is that tithes and offerings are returned to God, and not given. Christians are stewards of what they have, and therefore the possessions within our care should be treated with respect and love.

There is a difference between tithes and offerings, and it is one that many Christians fail to realize. A tithe, by definition is a proportionate part of your gross income, usually 10%. An offering is what you choose to give back to God above and over that 10%.

So, besides not stealing from God, why should a Christian provide tithes and regular offerings? The passage in Malachi quoted above provides a very real incentive. Whatever is returned to God, He will return in full. If you return to God what is His, He will in turn bless you with the promise and grace that only he can provide. What could be a better incentive than that?

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Heather is a Christian Stay at home homeschooling mom of three, married to a firefighter, and a writer. She is founder of www.CSAHM.com among other websites for Christian mothers, and women. Heather is passionate about sharing God's word in a practical and loving way.

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  1. Charles Spurgeon responded to the question of tithing much better than I ever could have; he said…”But you are not under a system similar to that by which the Jews were obliged to pay tithes to the priests. If there were any such rule laid down in the Gospel, it would destroy the beauty of spontaneous giving and take away all the bloom from the fruit of your liberality! There is no law to tell me what I should give my father on his birthday. There is no rule laid down in any law book to decide what present a husband should give to his wife, nor what token of affection we should bestow upon others whom we love. No, the gift must be a free one, or it has lost all its sweetness.”

    • If its offering you just explained by referring to spurgeon i agree because it is in the bible that offering is giving as you decide in your heart nobody tells you what to give. You give it to the lord cheerfully and out of love.(2 cor 9:6-10 and secondly you give out of your abundance, d measure at which you are blessed (luke 6:38-39), rem the widow. But tithe( in heb means tenth part) is a specific amount from the bible 10 percent of your income which is not your own but God’s (gen 28:20. Matt 23:23, gen 24:20)

      • excellent answer. I totally agree with you. A tithe is a tenth of all your increase whether new or old testament but offerings is a personal decision out of love

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