Christians had always believed in tithing. In today's day and age, it is surprising to note that a lot of non-Christians also comply to tithing. (They do so by giving donations to different charities.) Tithing is getting its fair share of attention from both Christian and non-Christian communities. But still, a lot of us still do not quite grasp the importance and significance of it in our lives.
Why do we need to tithe?
One of the greatest signs of our surrender to God is through tithing. And if we observe the logic behind it, I can confidently say that tithing is the best remedy for greed. After all, if you're greedy, you won't be able to let go that 10 percent, right?
An act of surrender to God
When we give our tithe, we acknowledge God's presence in our lives and depend on his divine providence. The act of giving tithe despite piling bills and debts is a symbol of surrender to God.
No matter what kind of economy we have, every time we give our tithe, we acknowledge God's endless blessings upon us. We are grateful that God takes care of us through His divine providence.
God-our business partner
Some people say that God is their silent business partner. But I don't subscribe to this idea. In business, a silent partner doesn't give his or her opinion about how you manage the business. His only responsibility is to provide for capital.
As Christians, we do not want to take God as merely silent partners. By giving our tithes, it symbolizes our partnership with him. He is our business partner who will guide us in our decisions and in our financial plans.
What is it not
In Malachi 3:6, God challenges us to give faithfully our tithes and he will pour out his overwhelming blessings upon us. We cannot outgive God. No matter how much we give back, He will always provide us with more - more than we can count.
So let us not treat tithe giving as our bribe to God.
We do not give our tithes to bribe Him to give us more. We give our tithes because it belongs to Him.
I have always believed that tithe giving is a test of faith. If you cannot tithe on several dollars, chances are, you can never give back more. But sometimes it's hard to be faithful in tithe giving when we run out of cash.
But worrying about money and holding back what's due to God is not a solution.
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.” Matthew 6:27
Not worrying isn’t easy, especially when you have financial obligations to fulfill. But with an earnest prayer and a little faith, we will realize that God will always provide.
So take this an appeal to us, that we may be faithful to Him in returning our tithes. Let us pray, therefore, for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that we may have the courage to surrender our lives wholly and be faithful in all areas of our lives.