October 28, 2012

15 Days on Giving

October 28 – Malachi 3:8-12

In today’s world, we need to realize giving donations to charities or organizations is optional, but tithing is not! We are commanded to tithe. The Old Testament clearly states that one tenth of our income should be given to God in support of the House of the Lord, which was the Temple and is now the Church, the Body of Christ (Deuteronomy 14:22 and Leviticus 27:30). Anything less than one tenth was considered stealing from God.

As New Testament believers, God’s expectations for us are even greater. Luke 12:48 says, “… from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” No longer are animal sacrifices necessary, but we are now to sacrifice our own lives and live for Christ, not ourselves. No longer is “an eye for an eye” appropriate, but we are to love our enemies and “turn the other cheek.” As such, we can conclude that the same holds true with the tithe. While it used to be the requirement, it should now be the minimum. The widow’s offering is a perfect illustration of this in Mark 12:43-44: “Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’” Do you give God above and beyond yourself?