My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Holy Tithe
‘Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S; it is holy to the LORD.
(Leviticus 27:30 NASB)
‘For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD.
(Leviticus 27:32 NASB)
The concept of tithing is brought to us directly from God. Here we
find the law given to Moses regarding the tithe. The people of Israel
were never to consider that everything they owned was theirs, but
rather, that one tenth of it all belonged to God. It wasn't a gift back
to God, but rather, it was his. It was a tenth of everything,
including all their property, and everything that it produced. One
tenth of everything was considered holy to the Lord, and it was to be
We live in a day and age where the attitude toward tithing has
changed and seems to continue to change. There is no perception that it
is something that already belongs to God, but rather, that it is
something that I, out of my generosity, decide, when convenient, to give
to God. How is it that we have gotten this so very wrong? As God's
holy people, we are to understand that one tenth of all we have is holy
to God. It is already his.
Sadly, we take God's holy tenth and what are we doing with it? We
don't even manage it properly because for many, the reason they don't
tithe is because they say they can't afford to. It means that we are
using God's percentage to fund the things that we want to do. Instead
of showing self-discipline in all areas of our lives, including our
spending habits, we choose to spend God's holy tenth as well. What
types of life-style choices do we make. I think of the line at
Starbuck's every morning. If you haven't noticed, drinking coffee is
pretty expensive. Really, there's nothing wrong with enjoying a nice
cup of coffee in the morning, but is it being enjoyed at God's expense?
God had a plan that if all of his children would have followed, they
would have changed the world. However, God's children have been
unfaithful, spending his holy portion on their own needs and desires.
Why is it that most people who say that when they start tithing the
rest of their finances seem to fall into place? Is it because suddenly
God begins to pour out money on them? Hardly, but rather, I believe
there is a spiritual and self-discipline which changes the heart of the
person and by way of a generous heart, the manner in which money is
spent changes. God really does know what is best for us, both
singularly and collectively. The holy tithe belongs to God and our
relationship with money really does affect our relationship with him.
Allow God's holy tenth to touch and change the world.
Lord, please help me to have an attitude and spirit of generosity which comes from knowing you and your heart. Amen.