Verse of the Day

February 14, 2007


Here’s today’s verse of the day:

8“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10Bring 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 a blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “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 3:8-11 (NKJV)

This is the classic Bible passage on tithing in today’s churches. Many people aren’t taught correctly on tithing or aren’t taught at all. The word “tithe” literally means “a tenth”. Generally, tithe is 10% of your income given to your “home church” where you’re being fed spiritually. Offering is anything that’s above and beyond the tithe. This can be given to your home church or to any other ministry as an offering to God. This is not about being legalistic and religious. It should be out of worship that you give to God. Whether it be singing, time, or money.

It’s just that “where your treasure is, there your heart is also”. Where you spend your money shows where your heart lies. This passage talks about robbing God by not giving Him tithes and offerings. If you have the perspective that God owns everything anyway, and all He’s asking for is ten percent, it turns out to be a great deal. 100% of your money doesn’t go as far as 90% of your money that’s blessed by God.

This principle of tithing comes with it a two-fold promise. That God will “open up the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing” and that He would “rebuke the devourer…that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground”. In other words, God is going to bless you. He’s going to make sure that you’re taken care of. And He will also bless your labor and work which is what is implied by “the fruit of your ground”. The work of your hand will not go in vain and it will produce in your life!

So next time the offering plate, bucket, etc. is passed around at your church, remember the two-fold blessing that accompanies the tithe and offering! God Bless!


2 Responses to “Verse of the Day”

  1. jbbaab Says:

    Although i don’t agree with the tithe mandate, i know God will bless those who give sacrificially. Thanks for taking the time to remind us where your heart is there your treasure is also.

  2. Yes, my position is that Christians should tithe because it’s in the Bible and it’s part of the Christian life. However, I’m not firm on the 10%. I personally tithe 10% but I believe it’s up to each individual and their situation. Only they know what’s a sacrifice for them. It’s all about the motives anyway. So don’t tithe out of duty or necessity, tithe because you love God.

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