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Maynard's Musings

"So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers
to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised.  Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given."

"Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver."
2 Corinthians 9:5, 7

    Tithing is mentioned four times in the New Testament.  In Luke 18:12, Jesus said the Pharisees were very careful about tithing and He said they were not to leave it undone (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42).  Tithing, like other Old Testament rules and rituals, was a law during Jesus' day.  Jesus criticized the Pharisees, not for tithing, but for treating tithing as if it were more important than mercy, love, justice and faithfulness.

    Another New Testament mention of tithing is found in Hebrews 7:1-10, where Abraham, being blessed, gave tithes to Melchizedek.

    I don't know where you stand in relation to tithing, but this I believe:  followers of Jesus should be giving people.  I believe this to be a valid principle.  When I consider all Christ has done for me, I have no other response than from a thankful heart to give back to Him.

    There were financial needs in the New Testament church.  Christians are obligated to give financial support to those needs.  All through Paul's letters to the Corinthian church he encourages them to financially support the work of the church.  In 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 he applauds the Macedonian church for their generosity and challenges the Corinthian church to do likewise.  What a powerful example to follow.

    Our church has needs that can only be met by us.  Paul challenges us in 2 Corinthians 9:5, 7 to give with a willing heart.  We all have been blessed greatly by a loving God of grace and we need to respond with generosity.  When God is first, we give.


Pastor Maynard