Some Christians believe we should tithe, some believe tithe has been nailed to the cross. And others don’t tithe simply because they don’t understand the point or where the money goes or what it is used for.
Regardless of where you might fall on that spectrum, the Bible is quite clear on why we should tithe. Also, there are plenty of “logical” reasons for tithing as well.
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Biblical Reasons for Tithing
The most popular Bible verses about why we should tithe are found in the book of Malachi.
There it reads:
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:8-10 KJV)
These 3 short verses are packed with information about the importance of tithing. Let’s have a quick look at the Biblical reasons for tithing based on this passage.
Tithing Is Giving to God What Belongs to Him
The first (and in my opinion most important) reason why we should tithe is that we’ll be giving back to God what belongs to Him.
In these verses from Malachi, God tells His people that they’ve robbed Him of tithes and offerings.
From the verb ‘to rob’ it becomes clear that the tithes and offerings belong to God, not us. He even literally declares:
The silver is mine, and the gold is mine. (Haggai 2:8)
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord‘s: it is holy unto the Lord. (Leviticus 27:30)
Unfortunately, we have a tendency to hold fast to our worldly treasures instead of fully trusting in God. Without realizing it, we’re serving mammon and have made money one of our many idols.
And the more wealth one has, the more difficult it seems to depart from the tithes and offerings. Remember Jesus’ words? He said:
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24)
Tithing is a Test of faith
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Do you truly trust God? Do you trust that He won’t leave you high and dry? When you give a tithe, this is a test of your faith in His many promises.
Tithing Will Bring a Blessing
Finally, if we do decide to tithe and give back to God what belongs to Him in the first place, He will bless us greatly.
God even says ‘Prove me now herewith’, meaning that He wants us to try Him and see for ourselves. Once we start tithing, the blessings bestowed upon us will be so great, we’ll hardly be able to contain them.
We can find this also in Proverbs 3:9-10 (KJV) wherein we read: ‘Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine’.
What a promise!
Tithes Support Our Pastors
Supporting our pastors is probably the most important reason of why we should tithe to our church.
If you look at the tithing scriptures of the Old Testament (https://fruitfulcreativities.com/tithing-scriptures-to-know-and-study/), you will see that the people were commanded to give their tithes to the Levites. These were responsible of the work in God’s Holy Temple with Aaron and his sons as their priests.
The Levites didn’t take part in anything else and had no inheritance. In Numbers 18:20-21 (KJV) we read: ‘And the Lord spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel. And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation’.
In the New Testament, Paul tells us that
they which preach the gospel, should live of the gospel’ (1 Corinthians 9:14 KJV).
Our pastors devote all their time to their positions within the church and are therefore unable to work elsewhere to support their families.
Our tithes take care of these servants of God, so they can continue to serve Him and our churches faithfully. Without our pastors – our leaders – our churches would crumble.
Tithes Support Our Gospel Workers
A second reason for why we should tithe is to support our full-time gospel workers who are engaged in evangelistic ministries.
Without these gospel workers, many people in our own neighborhoods may remain lost and never know Jesus.
It’s important for them to be supported, not only for their own comfort but for the finances necessary to perform their work and continue their outreach.
Tithes Support Missionary Work
Not only does our tithes support the local work done for Jesus, but it also supports the world church, the missionary works.
Without our faithful missionaries, our churches are unable to reach those in other parts of the world. Missionary work doesn’t only include sharing the gospel and building new churches, it also relieves suffering.
Missionaries follow the instructions of Jesus mentioned in Matthew 25:35-40. They feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, and take care of the stranger.
Not every one of us is called to be a missionary, but we can all help those that are called by offering our tithes.
More Reasons for Tithing
Regardless of the Biblical call to tithe, many Christians are a little worried about giving their 10% (or more) to the church because they’re not sure what the money is actually used for. For newer Christians, this can be even more concerning! What exactly is their money being used for?
- Church Operations
- New Churches
- Supporting the Local Community
Your Tithe Helps Keep Your Church Open
I think so many people take for granted that their church will be open each Sunday (or other days of the week). But the reality is that a church has bills to pay! This includes a rent/mortgage for the actual building/property, electric and other utilities, maintenance of the building, taxes, and more.
Think of what your monthly bills are for your own home! You have a job to provide funds to pay for those things. The church doesn’t have a “regular” paycheck coming in to cover these things and relies soley on the giving of the congregation to keep it running.
Your Tithe Helps Plant New Churches
We’ve already established that it takes money to operate a church. But starting a brand new church in a town also takes funding! These churches don’t yet have a congregation that is giving so it takes the giving of other churches to help get these newer ones started.
Your Tithing Supports the Local Community
Churches are called to support the needy, the orphans, the widows. And while donations of “stuff” are very much appreciated, there are some things that do require actual funds to purchase. Also, many churches are hosts for things such as soup kitchens. Somebody has to purchase the food that is being served!
Why We Should Give Back to God
When researching the words ‘tithing’ and ‘giving to God’ in our Bibles, we can find clear reasons of why we should tithe and offer to our churches today.
If you’re not tithing yet or only make small offerings to your church, pray to God for guidance. Are you afraid you won’t have enough to support your own family after tithing, pray! No matter your current reason for not tithing yet, pray to God and He will hear you.
Remember the words of our precious Saviour – who didn’t even have a place to rest His head (Matthew 8:20):
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’ (Matthew 25:40 KJV).
It may also be worthwhile to have a chat with your church leaders and ask them what they use the tithes and offerings for. They should be able to give you all the answers you need.