Tithing—The Greatest Investment You Can Ever Make!
The subject of money and tithing is spoken more about in the Bible than any other subject. We can’t lose sight of this as it is obvious God finds these two subjects of great importance.
Beginning with Abraham, the true father of faith, God constantly applied his hand in support of all those who tithed. It is not only in the Old Covenant or of the Law of Moses, but also the New Testament that teaches us that Abraham is a spiritual father to those who “walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised” (Romans 4:12). Jesus constantly scolded the scribes and Pharisees for their abuse of tithing. If there is one central theme from Genesis to Revelation, God challenges us to tithe and to have faith that the act will bring many blessings.
The gift of giving is often confused with tithing. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it will be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” How much do you give? No, not in dollars but in time, support and caring for others? Is God a liar? Of course not! Then should we not trust him when he tells us in Proverbs 11:24,25 “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”
We all hear the saying “we reap what we sow”. What is God really telling us? If we sow material things by giving of them, God arranges things so that we, in turn, will receive from others—usually more than what we gave! I can attest to this and if you think about it, so can you! So while tithing is important, giving is a far more important act for us. Let’s face it, when we tithe, we are just giving a part back to what already belongs to our Lord. But giving, especially to the poor, is a gift you can be certain will be blessed over and over again.
Do not make the mistake that I once did that God needs some of my money. He owns everything so whether I gave 10% or 100% isn’t what is most important, but have I allowed God into a place in my life? Do I have a relationship with him? Do I honor him as Lord of everything I am and own?
P.S. After 20+ years as the major fundraiser for “Good News International”, (where for 13 years, we ran a “tent revival”.It was fun inviting my Protestant brethren who had to see it for themselves that Catholics can raise their hands above their heads and shout out Jesus-LOL), I decided to write a booklet for Catholics based on collections at our events – “Hundred Ways To Fold A Dollar”.
P.S.S. This tithing commentary is from my booklet, “A Biblical Perspective on Matters of Finance.”