Leviticus 27: 30 – 34
More than enough
30 All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy to the Lord. 31 If persons wish to redeem any of their tithes, they must add one-fifth to them. 32 All tithes of herd and flock, every tenth one that passes under the shepherd’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord. 33 Let no one inquire whether it is good or bad, or make substitution for it; if one makes substitution for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy and cannot be redeemed.
34 These are the commandments that the Lord gave to Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.
Many Christians struggle with the concept of tithing. With all the demands in the world, leaving us in a survival mode, it is a big leap of faith to live in this practice. While, in the days of the Bible, tithing was a command of God, these days tithing became a counter-cultural act. However, I personally believe that it is the best antidote not to be a slave to money. Tithing is a proclamation of faith and our reliance to our Lord.
However, we shouldn’ t be tied up with the number of 10%. It is more about the heart. The first fruit. All offering and tithe in the Bible is to give the first fruit and the perfect ones. There are many reasons for this, but the best explanation is because the first fruit represents our hearts. Whether you give 10%, 7%, 5%, or less, if you don’t do it first it will be so hard to offer it to God. If we pay all our bills and immediate needs in this world, we will lose that chance to offer our heart to God. Even in secular budgeting is says, ‘First things first.’ Why not put God first.
As we are approaching our consecration Sunday, I don’t know why these verses are popping up. Like I’d mention, we are going through he readings provided by the Upper Room. However, please don’t receive any of these messages as a push for the church to reach our goal. Please hear the word of God with open hearts. Stewardship is an invitation to live in freedom from worldly worries, and experience the peace that only comes flows from God.