Stewardship Resources

Should We Give?

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 - 8:19 AM CST

Although the topic has been abused by some in the name of religion, the Bible is very clear about giving of our resources to support the ministries that regularly contribute to our journey. We trust that as you begin to find value in the ministry opportunities that we offer, you will also join with us financially to help support those efforts. Even leaders Abraham and Moses gave a "tithe" (or a tenth) of their posessions to fund God's kingdom. While we may designate some of our offerings (beyond the tithe) to ministries outside the local church, the tithe rightfully belongs in the church with which the Christian identifies.

Christians can miss out on God’s abundant blessing by looking on the tithe as the entire requirement for giving. The tithe is only one aspect of support for the church and its ministry of spreading the gospel. The Bible also mentions voluntary offerings given by God’s people over and above the required tithe. Of course, the attitude with which both tithes and offerings are given is very important. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). The giving of either tithes or offerings with a grudging spirit loses much of the blessing that can come as we faithfully give out of love rather than obligation.

Some Christians do not tithe, claiming they cannot afford to give up 10 percent of their income. Simple arithmetic may suggest that 90 percent will not go as far as 100 percent in satisfying essential family needs. But God has built a multiplication factor into our giving of tithes and offerings. Malachi recorded God’s words, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.... Test me in this...and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it" (Malachi 3:10). Though we do not give to God in order to get more back, as some suggest we should, God’s promises are still true -- if our giving is according to His instruction.

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