Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
Okay, so I’m about to talk about money. If you must, go ahead and ignore this devotion. I know money brings up a lot of strong feelings and I understand why. It’s one of the reasons the author of Hebrews said in Hebrews 13:5:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you.’
Some people think tithing (giving 10% of your income to the church) is an outdated Old Testament idea. I can see their point since most of the references to tithing are in the Old Testament.
But the New Testament has much to say about money—or rather the love of money. Having money is not the problem. It’s the relationship you have with your money. And you don’t have to be Scrooge McDuck diving into piles of gold coins to have a bad relationship with money (I’m dating myself here, I know).
Buried at the bottom of verse 23 in Deuteronomy 14, we are told the reason for tithing, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
The purpose of tithing is to teach us reverence for the Lord who provides all things for us. Our money isn’t really our own. Everything we have is given to us by God’s gracious hand. And God wants us to celebrate His provision with Him by partnering in His work. He will continue to provide for us as we walk in obedience with Him.
That’s reason enough for me to tithe.
Dear Lord, thank you that we get to partner with You financially in Your work and also reap the benefits of obedience to You. Help us to be faithful in our walk and to give control of our finances over to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.