Monday, July 1, 2013

Bible Study Lesson on Tithing

Not Paying Tithe is Robbing God

Tithing is giving a tenth of your income to God every month. Many Christians think it is unnecessary to pay tithe. They have many excuses when coming to give the ten percents of their incomes to God. Some Christians think they don't need to pay tithe because the church already have enough money to cover the expenses including utility bills and workers salary. This is a wrong concept because tithing is a commandment of God. Not tithing is sinning against God. It is robbing what should belonged to God.

Some Christians think that God is good and that he will forgive them for not paying tithe since they don't have enough to cover their expenses after giving tithe. God is good and he is merciful to those who are still alive on earth. After death, you will have no more chance and you will be punished for your sins if you disobey God's commandment while on earth. God is good but he is not someone who is lenient and let you do whatever you want. God is good but he still want you to keep his commandments (Malachi 3:8-12 KJV).

Christians should pay their tithe monthly if they receive their salary monthly. If you receive your salary biweekly, you should pay your tithe biweekly. It is not right to wait until the end of year to pay your tithe.

Give Glory to God with Your Tithe

God is the one who bless you with your job and good income. All things come from God. We should give thanks to God and give him back the glories for everything we have (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Whatever we do must give glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Putting ten percents of your income into the offering bag is a form of worshiping God. Worshiping is respecting God. The primary reason that God created human beings is that he wanted them to worship him. We can worship God in various ways including singing hymns and psalms, clapping hands, lifting hands, kneeling, shouting praises, and paying tithe. God wants us to worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

Give Cheerfully

Therefore, when you put your tithe into the offering bag, you must not give unwillingly. Instead, you must give with a willing heart, trusting that God will bless you and continue to provide for you (2 Corinthians 9:7; Deuteronomy 15:10; 1 Chronicles 29:9; 2 Corinthians 8:12; Proverbs 11:25). If you want God to bless your finance, you must pray and ask God for it. God will only give if you ask for it (Matthew 7:7; John 15:7).

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