To tithe or not to tithe? That is the question for many church goers nowadays. The economy is bad, gas priceless fluctuate all the time, and as a parent of young children I know how it feels to hear “$20 dollars for this and $5 for that” every time you turn around! Those of us who grew up in the church know all too well Malachi 3:10 about giving 10 percent to God.
Sometimes when under a financial strain we tend to say, “I can’t afford to tithe right now!” But on the contrary, you can’t afford not to. We studied about stewardship this weekend at church. One huge misconception people make is that it is “their” money. If you believe your own life belongs to God, then why would your own money not belong to God as well?
We should look at tithing as a privilege. If you have any money at all, then you are considered rich among the world’s population. Not only that, but you can’t say that tithing is unfair. God asks for a percentage, not a set amount. So the lean years of less pay just means you may give less, but not that you may give nothing.
Most importantly, there are so many more important things in life than money. Money itself is not bad, but greed and being obsessed with money is. Loving money is not good (see 1 Timothy 6:10). At the risk of sounding cliche, the best things in life are those things that money can’t buy.
We’ve all seen the MasterCard “priceless” commercials that give the prices for various material objects and then end with something sweet and sentimental that is “priceless”. Every commercial ends with “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.”
Although meant to make you spend more money, those commercials really do have an important message about what really matters. Money can’t buy you friends, happiness, health, or a lot of other things we often take for granted. Best of all, there’s eternal life in Christ, and Jesus paid the ultimate price to make that priceless for us.