The Purpose of Tithing
Why do we tithe? The Bible says the purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your life (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB). Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God's personal invitation to an outpouring of His blessing in your life.
The word "tithe" is derived from the Hebrew word ma'aser; and it literally means "the first tenth." The first ten percent of everything belongs to the Lord. In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: "'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.'"
This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, He is saying, "Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me."
Is God wise? Do you trust Him? These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust Him, then you should trust Him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God's invitation to put Him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what He does in and through your life.
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Tithe Challenge Story
From Wanessa | November 16, 2016 | Immediate Prayer Answered
I am brand new to South Bay Bible Church, and two weeks ago, I lost my job of 10 years. I've been so sad about this. This past Sunday, the pastor's message was on giving, and he challenged the church to take the six-month tithe challenge. I sensed the Holy Spirit wanted me to do this, so I checked the box on the Communication Card and decided to put God first in my life and finances. I did not know how I was going to pull this off with no job, but I marked the card anyway by faith. About an hour after coming home from church, I received a call, and it was a new job offer! I am so excited and praise God for showing me His love and kindness so quickly.