After many years of tithing and giving I have come to believe God is not as much concerned about the amount we give as He is our hearts position when you give. God doesn’t need our money, and there is actually no money in Heaven only on earth, so why does Jesus talk about it so much in the NT?

One day I was crying out to God in frustration and asked “why is money so hard for Christians?” and before I got the words out of my mouth He answered me with “because they worship it!”

In 2 Sam 24:24 King David had sinned against the Lord and was preparing to present an offering to the Lord and a good man offered to give King David anything he wanted out of his flocks for FREE. Then King David makes a very interesting statement “I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God of that which costs me nothing“. David understood that any offering or sacrifice to the Lord should cost us something and exposed his heart towards God. Jesse Duplantis says it this way “if it’s not worth anything to you, it not worth anything to God.”

God rebuked Israel for giving the blemished heifers and lambs, God wanted the First, best, and the spotless. Not because He needed them, but because the sacrifice cost them something and had value to the giver! When I give a Birthday or Christmas gift to my family, I give them the best and it is always brand new… I usually can’t wait and I’m EXCITED and honored to give it to them simply because I Love them! So why would we treat our Heavenly Father any less? Why would I give Him something that didn’t actually mean or cost me something? How do you feel when someone says “hey, I can’t use this (or I don’t like this)… would you like it?”

It was last year and I had what I considered a small tithe and was going to wait until I could increase the amount and the Holy Spirit spoke to me very clearly. Basically He said that it is the percentage of the tithe and the heart not the actual amount that is important, that a $200 tithe was just as important to God as a $2 or $2,000,000 tithe as long as it was 10% and given from the heart out of Love and Honor.

2 Cor 9:7 AMP Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it“) giver [whose HEART is in his giving]. [Prov. 22:9.]

Never let anyone talk or guilt you into giving! If you aren’t cheerful about giving to God and you think that the church or God just wants your money then set it aside in an envelope and read the Word of God to get revelation, talk to Him and see Him as a Good Father and one that Loves you! Pray over it and present it Holy to Him at home, then take your offering or tithe to Him. You are actually giving it to God and not your church, they just happen to be His Ambassadors on earth that collect it for Him.

God’s not after your money, He is just checking to see where your heart is and if you REALLY believe He can and will provide for you! I will never give anyone my money if I don’t trust them!

Only give to God what has value to you and cost you something, never give Him the left overs or something that you don’t want!

2 Responses to “Is your Giving Costing you?”

  • DEFINITION: True biblical holy tithes were always only food from the holy farms and herds of Israelites who lived inside God’s holy land, the national boundary of Israel.

    In God’s Word tithe does not stand alone. Although money existed before tithing, the source of God’s holy tithe over 1500 years was never money. It was the holy tithe of food and the increase was gathered from what God miraculously produced from His holy land and not from man’s craft or ability. No tithes could come from Gentiles or unclean pagan lands.

    There are 16 verses from 11 chapters and 8 books from Leviticus 27 to Luke 11 which describe the contents of the holy tithe. And those contents never included money, silver, gold or anything other than food from inside Israel! Yet the incorrect definition of tithe is the greatest error being preached about tithing today! Lev 27:30, 32; Num 18:27-28; Deu 12:17; 14:22-23; 26:12; 2 Chron 31:5-6; Neh 10:37; 13:5; Mal 3:10-11; Matt 23:23; Luke 11:42.

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    Russell, your comment and web site is VERY Well written and documented on tithing and I commend you! Good work my friend.

    The concern I have is it focuses so much on Christians NOT having to tithe that one could walk away with it is not necessary to give at all.

    For me and my life, I have learned and teach that giving (whatever you call it, tithes, offerings, free will, etc) is a matter of the heart and not a matter of the amount. It is because I Love God and want other people to be touched by His Love and that can only happen in a broad scale by people giving.

    Mat 6:20 “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also” and 2 Cor 9:7-11

    2 Cor 9:7 AMP Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. [Prov. 22:9.]

    So I believe giving is an important part of a Christians life and should be lead by the Holy Spirit and not by man, it is a matter of learning to depend and trust on God as our true source. Sowing and reaping is another spiritual principle that I live by in finances, love, charity, time, and my technical talents to spread the Gospel.

    In your teaching against tithing you also have to leave room for the Holy Spirit to work, He might just lead some Christians to give 10% (or more) of their gross or net to the local church to support it regardless of what label we give it. Such a strong teaching one way without the balance of proper giving can leave people with the thought of not having to give at all.

    We need to teach people to give of themselves (time, talent, and treasures) as well as presenting themselves as a living sacrifice.

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