Giving is a Step of Faith

Posted: August 28, 2013 in bible, christianity, faith, religion

Let me write this from the start: I am not asking for money.  Great!  Now that we have that out of the way let’s explore the subject of giving or the fancy bible term called “Stewardship.”

For some of us , when we think of giving to the church, images of a televangelist enter our minds or preachers miss using church funds.  I can understand and appreciate this sentiment.  The thought of giving or tithing to a church can make some people run right out of a church service.  While I sympathize with people who feel funny about tithing to churches, I also know that giving or tithing is a form of worship.

Before I go any further let me write this there is no command in the New Testament that forces believers to give to the local church.  I realize some of you may go to a church and they might believe that you should tithe 10% of your income.  I can appreciate and do support those pastors and churches who believe that.  However, I can write this blog with a clear conscience before God knowing that there is no command to give 10% for believers today to their church.  Before you label me crazy or a lunatic, keep in mind that the passages referring to the tithe are in the Old Testament.  God ordained the tithe for specific purposes for the Jewish nation.  Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe in Genesis 14:20.  Jesus died for the law (Romans 6:14), therefore, we no longer have to keep the letter of the law.  Those who claim that we must keep a 10% need to remember that the Jews were not only tithing financially but also with their cattle and land.  They were tithing 30% of what they had.  Also the law should be taken as a whole and not broken down to parts; meaning that if you sinned in one point of the law then you sinned against the whole law (James 2:10).  Therefore, if you want to keep the tithe then you will need to keep the whole law.

We are not under law but under grace or if you will the law of Christ.  The only passage in the New Testament that deals directly with giving and church is 2 Corinthians 9:7, which says “…for God loves a cheerful giver…”  Ephesians 5:18 says that we should be filled by the Spirit and not be controlled by alcohol.  What does that mean with what we are talking about?  It means that we should allow the Spirit to guide us as to what we should be doing with our finances.

Here are some principles to remember: 1. God is the owner of everything.  He gave us the jobs that we have, therefore, my money is not mine.  2. I am a manager not an owner.  This is about a philosophy if I approach money as if I own it then I might not want to give to the church, or youth carwashes, or to missionaries.  If the money that I have is from God and I am a manager then I need to be speaking with God on a regular basis on how I should be managing His money.  I believe this is the New Testament approach that believers should be taking.  We should walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).  When you get paid, pray and ask God what He would have you give that week and to whom.  You will be amazed by how God will answer and what He will lead you to do.  Again like the title suggests it is about taking a step of faith when we give.  It is also an act of worship but it is a step of faith.  You will start to see yourself grow as a believer when you do. If you struggle with that then take your concerns to the Lord.  I have heard many pastors say 10% is a good starting point and they are right, however, I believe praying and asking God what He would want you to do would be the better way to go.

I pray the Lord will give you the faith to take that step in giving.  God Bless.

  1. youneededme says:

    I really enjoyed this and understood it.I have a very small income but I’m daft enough to keep giving to homeless and then I end up short but then nice things happen to me ? Alex Swarbrick

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