Preacher: Pastor Chris Ubamadu
Date: 11 October 2015
Bible Verse: Proverbs 11:24 & 25, Luke 6: 38, 2 Corinthians 9: 6, Deuteronomy 14:22, Hebrews 7: 1
God’s desire is that we live in a self-sufficient mode – possessing enough and requiring no need, aid or support. It is not the will of God for us to remain on the same level every time as victory for a child of God is not a once in a while event: God causes us to triumph always. Tithing is one way to access this blessing quickly. As every game of life has its rules and principles, it is important that in every area of our life, we follow God’s principle.
Tithing is a practice of giving God a fixed percentage of ALL our income. Leviticus 27:30
In Leviticus 27: 28, the purpose of tithing and where/how it should be paid were clearly spelt out. As people of God, we understand that the Old Testament prepared us for the New Testament. Therefore, certain things are not laws in themselves but are principles that we must adhere to.
There are two purposes of tithes as commanded by God:
- The first purpose is that tithe belongs to God and is holy. Whatever belongs to God is holy. Therefore, God says that 10 percent of all our resources should be holy because they belong to him. Deuteronomy 14:22
- Secondly, God instructs us to bring our tithes and offerings to the house of God. This is so that there will be more than enough for those who minister as in the Levites in the old testament and also, fund the work of God or activities in the house of God. Today, these needs still exist in the house of God. We should therefore ensure that we do not rob God (Malachi 3: 8) instead, that the blessings contained in the verse therein be our portion.
Given the above purpose for paying tithes, we should give our tithes where we are nourished spiritually and not just anywhere. It is the duty of the priests as with the Levites in the Old Testament to administer the tithes. It is not our duty to monitor or demand how the tithes are being administered. Priests are accountable to God and it is left for God to judge them as he deems fit whether they administer it rightly or not.
Giving our tithes should be done cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) and not grudgingly. As Christians, we should get to a level where nothing is too precious for us to give to God. We should operate on the principle where we release all to God. In turn, God blesses us and becomes our sufficiency (2 Corinthians 9:8).