Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Monday, July 2, 2018
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
TITHE — A RESPONSIBILITY AND A BLESSING
3:7-10 " Bring the full amount of your Tithes to the
Temple.... Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the
windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good
Abraham was the first tithe payer in record (Gen.14:20).
Some people say, "We do not pay tithes because tithing is under the
Law." If that is sufficient reason for not paying tithes, then we
could also mistreat our parents, for the Law says, "Honor your
father and mother" ( Exo. 20:12). So it is not at all an excuse. Tithe- A Responsibility a) To honor the Creator. Everything
we have belongs to God, and we are only stewards of His goods. "The
earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof' (Psalms 24:1) "He owns
the cattle on a thousand hillsides"( Psalms 50:10) " The silver
is mine and the gold is mine" (Haggai 2:8) "Render unto God the
things that are God's "( Matthew 22:21) b) To escape Condemnation."Will
a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me in tithes and offerings"
(Malachi 3:8) How sad it is that people who are honest in business and
who pay their debts to the banks and tax to the government, do not pay
God what belongs to Him. The tithe belongs to God and a person is
condemned if he spends God's money.
c) To spread the Gospel.Tithing is God's way of
supporting the church and the ministry. In the Old Testament, the Levites
and the priests were supported by the tithes. The Christian now has far
more blessings through Jesus Christ and thus far greater responsibilities
than the 0.T people. We have an obligation to support the ministries
through our church.
Tithe- A Blessing
Tithing teaches us obedience, and discipline in our life. God blesses the
people who pay tithes. They do not always have the most money or best
clothes, but they are blessed because God supplies all their needs. The
expectation of a return should not be our motivation for giving. But
surely God will value our giving. God has asked us to test Him and see if
He will bless us or not. Someone has remarked, "Jesus saves a person
along with his purse". Let this be true in our case too. Our love
for Christ is measured not by how large a portion we give, but how much
we use on ourselves.
God loves a cheerful giver. I can honestly testify that the Lord has
supplied all my needs according to His riches, ever since I started
paying tithe systematically. Let us take up responsibility of giving the
tithes honestly and accept the blessings He has promised.
Prayer: Almighty God, you own everything. Make us aware that we are
only stewards. Help us to be faithful in our giving so that we may be a
source of blessing to others in need and be ourselves blessed in your
sight. In Jesus' name we plead. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Tithe is a mark of our Trust in God.
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church