God doesn’t set a principle in place because He needs it but because you need it. Can you handle a truth serum? God doesn’t benefit from your tithing; He doesn’t need it.
When God sets a principle in place, He does so because He cares about you. He creates a blueprint by which you can prosper, flourish and experience abundant life!
Let me share 4 keys with you that has always formed a core principle of mine throughout my ministry.
1.The “More Than Enough” God
First, let me make it clear that there is nothing that you can give to God that He needs from you.
- He is the all-sufficient, self-sustaining One.
- His name is El Shaddai, meaning “The God who is more than enough.”
- He is the Source of life and everything in it.
That’s who He is. But the Bible also says,
- All things were made by Him (John 1:3)
- He owns all the silver and the gold (Hag 2:8)
- He made the heaven of heavens with all their host (Neh 9:6)
- He created the earth and all that is on it and the seas and all that is in them. (Neh 9:6)
- He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10)
These are just a few scriptures that demonstrate the self-sustaining nature of God. Every aspect of this world is under His authority, as everything that exists belongs to Him as the Creator.
2.Why God’s No.1 Priority Isn’t Your Money
If God created everything you can see – what would He need from you that He doesn’t already own? Especially if it all belongs to Him anyway!
“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;” —Proverbs 3:9 (KJV)
To highlight the word “ALL” in this verse. It refers to all your increase – not just some of your increases. So if God doesn’t need our money, then why did God create the law of the tithe?
“Your tithe has little to do with your money.”
Tithing Isn’t Exclusively The Giving Of Money
Tithes and offerings aren’t a system for God’s benefit; it’s His management training program for man.
If God says that 10% of everything is His, then it’s not only your money that God is after. He wants 10% of everything!
- He wants 10% of your resources.
- He wants 10% of your finances.
- He wants 10% of your time.
That means 2 hours and 40 minutes of your day belongs to God! Suppose we have 24 hours in a day to use, and God requires under 3 hours of it in return; if we’re unable to give it – is it that we have too little time, or is our time mismanaged?
If we have R10,000.00, and God requires only R1,000.00 of that, we find that R9,000.00 isn’t enough – is the problem that we honestly couldn’t survive without the R1,000.00, or is the R9,000.00 mismanaged?
Tithing In The New Testament
It is an age-old debate whether or not tithing only applies to the Old Testament. However, the New Testament also features tithing, but people focus on tithing as a monetary system only.
God addresses a touchy subject in Matthew 6:21 (NKJV)—, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Tithing is about positioning your heart to be generous. People are easily irked when asked to give God 10% of their money, yet they don’t consider the rest of what He requires of them.
If your treasure is put into God’s hands, your hearts will be with Him and settled on Him. Tithing is spiritual not financial. It’s more than just the money – it’s about the heart.
3.The Trap Of Mismanagement
God is trying to teach us something with the tithe principle – relative to money and every area of our life.
- It’s not the 10% that God is after. It’s about your ability to put something aside for Him.
- It’s about being disciplined enough to give Him a part of everything you have!
- It is in the giving of your 10% that God will bless the 90%.
God is more than gracious. His blessing on 90% of your income is better than 100% without His blessing.
“The survival of your 90% relies on managing your 10%.”
This is the management system of God. It reveals our love, trust and faith in Him – or, on the contrary – when we fail to tithe, it shows the opposite.
Navigating Difficult Times
When you see gifts or opportunities moving away from you, you need to question whether you’ve been mismanaging that which God has already entrusted you with.
Many people foolishly believe that opportunities haven’t come their way because they got dealt a bad hand or because they didn’t have parents/mentors to open doors for them. As a result, everyone else gets blamed for their lack of progress.
But truth be told. Money is not the problem - management is.
When you tithe, you prove that you can be trusted.
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” —Luke 16:10-11 (NKJV)
4.7 Things That Tithes And Offerings Will Teach You
1.It teaches you accountability,
2.It teaches you discipline,
3.It teaches you honesty,
4.It teaches you diligence,
5.It teaches you faithfulness,
6.It teaches you trustworthiness,
7.It teaches you to trust God!
These aren’t only qualities of people who tithe, but it’s qualities of leaders.
When you prove yourself in the 10%, God immediately sees the heart attitude of someone who can be trusted with greater things!