The subject of money is a very interesting topic of discussion. It is one of the most talked about subjects due to its importance in our lives. Money is what we use to trade with other people – when you provide a service or sell a product you receive money. On the other hand when you want a certain product or service you pay money to the service provider or supplier. In its simplest form, this is how money works. It has value attached to it.
By nature we all want the good things that life has to offer and we strive by all means to acquire enough money to get what we desire. However, there are many perceptions about how we should acquire that money. The standard form of making money is exchanging your time for money by doing work for someone and getting paid your dues. Some people believe in robbing the rich to give to the poor so that everyone has enough, while others believe in performing rituals or magic to acquire it. People have various ideas about what it takes to make money and it’s interesting when you study these variations.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about money. I should highlight that some people believe that money is evil, which is not true. God, by his very nature, is an abundant God and wants us to live abundantly too. (John 10:10) God does have laws about how we can live abundantly. One of the most important is tithing.
Everything in the world is the Lord’s (Psalm 50:12); none of what we have is really ours. We are simply stewards of the things that He has placed in our care. The tithe is 10% of your total income. The principle is this: if you will pay your tithe into God’s house there will be provision in your house. Look at what the Bible says in Malachi 3:10,
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.”
The primary income for most people is their salaries or wages from their jobs. However, income is not limited to working professionals. If someone blesses you with $10 that’s still income and your tithe would translate to $1. School children given pocket money by their parents can also tithe because it is income to them. Some people may argue that they don’t have anything at all so they can’t tithe; that is also not true. Consider this, “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)
None of us are ever in a situation where we totally have nothing to give because God provides for us all. Some of you reading this have totally switched off because you don’t agree with this principle. This is the truth, however. When we tithe God ensures that we are protected from financial disaster,
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, Says the LORD of hosts.” ~ Malachi 3:11
If you have read this far I congratulate you. Most people are put off when they hear the word ‘tithe.‘ The truth is that all the other principles we are going to share in the next articles will be of no use if we do not get a good grasp of the principle of tithing. It is important to remember, like I shared earlier, that EVERYTHING in the earth is the Lord’s. We don’t own anything; we are simply stewards of what He has assigned to each of us according to our faithfulness.
Here is a good reminder: 90% of your income goes much further than 100%. God has the ability to multiply what we have if we will only obey His commandment. I hope that this has been beneficial to you. We would love to hear your views and comments in the comments box below. Feel free to share this article using the social media buttons on the page. In the next article we are going to shed some light on what holds people back from tithing. Until then,
Be all you can be!