Becoming a giver
Money is merely a tool, and we ought to learn how to generate, invest, save and give it wisely to grow the kingdom of God. Christians should not be fearful of money or its domination but motivated because of God’s promises concerning money.
God asks us to honour Him with the first fruits of our increase, and He will supply our needs according to His riches in glory. We are encouraged to give with a generous heart. God’s people will be abundantly prosperous when we honour God. The earthly object of tithing is to build and maintain the house of God, support the priesthood and the ministry, Deuteronomy 18:1-8. Nehemiah 10:35-39 & 12:44-47. We ought to recognize that God chooses specific people, blessing them with specific gifts for certain roles in His kingdom, such as the Levites, and God will use them mightily to bless others. We are encouraged to care for the workers in God’s kingdom even in old age, 2 Chronicles 31:16-18, shows that the workers were pensioned when they became too old to perform their duties. They were honoured because they dedicated their lives to church members, giving, sharing, preaching, caring and doing the Lord’s work.
The proper attitude towards money is that we use it to bless others, Luke 16:9-18; he who is faithful in little will be faithful in much. No servant can serve two masters… you cannot serve God and Mammon. Jesus asked us to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. Tithing supports missionaries, 1 Corinthians 4: 8-16 & 9, “who at any time served as a soldier at his own expense.” This support is like an eternal deposit into an investment for God, as monetary support allows this work to be established, and missionaries are cared for.
The contribution of leaders, pastors and elders also needs to be recognized. 1 Timothy 5:17-18, church members should have a generous frame of mind, he who sows sparingly shall reap sparingly, but he who sows abundantly shall reap abundantly. Paul said, I want you to give out of your abundance to these saints who have little, he that had much given and had nothing left over, and he that gathered little had no lack. The principle of giving is a very important one in scripture and must be practiced by the people of God.
All workers, called by God, must be willing to preach and work free while entitled to a salary. If the church has not received tithes and is not in a position to pay a salary, God’s work should not stop. If they are unwilling to preach the Word, then they have a poor understanding of their calling, as scripture says, freely you have received, freely give. This is why it is good to have alternative means of income and support themselves to continue taking care of God’s people. Let us put aside fear and greed and honour God by being cheerful givers.