Our mission at Snowy Range Evangelical Free Church is to make disciples for Christ that make a difference in Laramie, in Wyoming, and around the world. Part of growing in Christ is a growing surrender of ALL of us–that includes our finances. Finances are often the last area of our lives in which we’re willing to trust God. Research bears this out–the latest research indicates evangelicals across the board give an average of less than 3% of their income to churches.
But what could the church accomplish if those numbers started to change upward? Even if the church started giving just 5% that alone would be a staggering prospect! According to Relevant Magazine if we actually gave the full tithe (10%) it would provide an additional $165 billion for God’s kingdom. We could eradicate world hunger and more! It’s an exciting thought.
Finances are discussed extensively in Scripture, which is a great indication of its importance. So what is the big deal about giving? Here are some thoughts for consideration.
Our giving is an act of worship for the glory of God
2 Corinthians 9:12 says, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” Sometimes we think of the worship part of the service as the singing, but it’s really no coincidence that we also take the offering during that part–we are just worshiping with our finances as well as our voices, and the two are in harmony.
Our giving is an overflow of a grateful heart towards God
2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Our capacity to give grows greater, even to the point of sacrifice!
We are told to excel in everything, even “excel in the grace of giving” (2 Cor. 8:7). Interesting choice of words, isn’t it? We can learn to be better and better givers.
Giving should be our first priority
Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us, “Honor the LORD from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” If God is the most important person in our lives, our giving should reflect that.
When we give we meet the needs of others here on earth and we store up treasures for ourselves in heaven
Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” And unlike our earthly treasure that can be stolen or disappear at any time, to the best of my knowledge nobody has ever cracked the safes of heaven!
God commands us to
Malachi chapter 3 makes it clear that tithing is not an option for God’s people. Verses 8-10 say, “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test 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 a blessing until it overflows.’” You can also check out Leviticus 27:30, Deuteronomy 14:22-23.
God longs to bless his people
Tithing is not only required, it is intended to be a blessing for God’s people. It is not meant to be seen as an obligation, it is meant to be seen as an opportunity (Malachi 3:10). Your tithe is an act of faith and confidence in God, and God will bless that.