Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
or shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,
”Says the Lord of hosts.
Malachi was a prophet who this book was named after. He was speaking to the people of Judah delivering a message from God. They had turned away from the Lord and God wanted to get their attention and get them to turn back to Him. While this book comes across as a bit hard it is actually filled with hope and promises of a better life.
Tithing is one area Christians really seem to struggle. According to a recent study, less than 3% of Christians tithe consistently. That number is staggering. The Bible calls for us to tithe and while there is some controversy as to whether we are commanded to tithe or if its merely suggested, there is overwhelming evidence that tithing has its benefits.
Let’s take a look at 6 things we should know about tithing
1. Tithing is for the local church
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, (or Church)
That there may be food in My house (says the Lord)” (Mal 3:10)
2. Tithe to help others.
Hebrews 13:16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Proverbs 19:17 The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed.
3. Tithing is a form of Worship
Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us,
“Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the first fruits of your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”
30 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 to the Lord.
4. Tithing is an Act of Faith
2 Corinthians 5:77 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
There is no doubt that the primary problem for most people is money. More and more people have a hard time managing their finances and getting free from financial trap. In human reasoning, it is very illogical to give your money to a God you do not see. Why would you give money to someone when you barely have enough? This is the reasoning one may face when tithing. And yet God still asks us to tithe in spite of our short comings. Will you be able to trust God that He will provide what you need even though your mind is telling you otherwise? Tithing teaches us to be faithful to our Supreme Provider no matter what the situation we are in. We walk by faith and not by sight (II Cor. 5:7).
5. Tithing gives you joy.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every person according as they purposeth in their heart, so let them give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
Psalm 4:7 You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
6. Tithing comes with a Promise
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and TRY Me now in this (God dares us to try him), says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebukethe devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the LORD of hosts; and all nations will call you blessed. For you will be a delightful land, says the LORD” (Mal. 3:10-12).
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
“God doesn’t need us to give Him our money. He owns everything. Tithing is God’s way to grow Christians.” Adrian Rogers