This post contains my notes on Benefits of Tithing preached by Pastor Joseph Prince at New Creation Church, Singapore.
Tithing is an important ritual that Christians do in the church. In the past, I struggle with it. It was hard for me to offer my money to God.
Pastor Prince gave me the knowledge to tithe with a cheerful and willing heart with the benefits of tithing.
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.
God says to bring ALL the tithes into THE storehouse. This means that the entire tithe should be given to the local church and not segmented into smaller gifts or offerings for different ministries of missionaries.
When I tithe, I should tithe my whole portion to the local church. The reason is so that the church will have supplies.
When I tithe, He promise to protect the fruits of my labour from being devoured. Things that I put my hands to work on will always produce a return and not be in vain. I am a delightful land and people find me a worthy investment.
In Genesis 14:17, the bible records the story of how Abraham tithes to Melchizedek, King of Salem and refused to take anything from the King of Sodom.
17 Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. 19 He blessed him and said,
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He gave him a tenth of all.
Abraham is our first example of tithing and it was done before the Law was given by Moses.
Abraham’s tithing to Melchizedek was mentioned again in Hebrews 7:4. This explained that the tenth was given as an acknowledgement of the greatness of the receiver.
4 Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils.
When I tithe, I show that Jesus Christ is great. The person I give money to has great stature. In verse 7, it explains that when I tithe to the church, it is as if Jesus received it.
When I tithe, I witness that Jesus is alive. If I tithe to a dead person, I would be so foolish. But I believe that my tithe is received by the Almighty who is very much alive and has the power to do big things with little offerings. He is my provider. It also shows that He is alive and active in my life in a practical way.
Hebrews 7:9-10 pointed out that Levi paid tithes to the Lord while he is in Abraham’s loins.
9 And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
This is significant because Levi was Abraham’s great grandson. He wasn’t born yet when Abraham tithed. This can only mean that tithing benefits descendants. Its impact can be felt by generations to come.
If these benefits are not sufficient to convince me that tithing is good, I don’t know what will.
Pastor Prince also addressed some common wrong beliefs about tithing.
1. If you do not tithe, God will curse you
There is a teaching that if you don’t tithe, God will curse you. This is based on Malachi 3:9 where God says “You are cursed with the curse, for you rob me.” This curse didn’t come from God. When Adam sins, the ground was cursed. This is where the curse came from. When Cain killed Abel, God said that the ground cursed Cain. He didn’t say “I curse you” so the curse didn’t come from God.
I need to recognize that there is a curse on the earth and when I receive something such as money from the ground or earth, it is tainted with the curse. The good news is that God can sanctify it by his holy principle mentioned in Romans 11:16.
16 If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
The tithe is basically a tenth or the first fruits. The giving of the tenth or first fruit is a consistent principle in the bible. If 10% is given to the Lord, the rest of the 90% is made holy by Him. When something is made holy, the Devil cannot touch it, let alone steal it. This is God’s grace towards me. When I give Him 10%, He sanctifies my 90% and it goes a long way.
2. When you tithe, you honour God
My income represents my blood, sweat and tears. I earned it. It is mine. When I give a portion of it to Abba God, I am giving a piece of my life to God. He knows it and He acknowledges it as my act of honouring Him. As Solomon says in Proverbs 3:8-10:
8 It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Tithing is a very practical way to express that you honour God. Saying it or shouting or singing that I honour and love God is just talk. Tithing speaks louder than words.
3. Prosperity is not good
Many christians are suspicious of prosperity believing that it will corrupt. That is not true. The love of money is evil, not money itself. It is clear in Malachi that God promises that when his people tithe, he will bless them. Why do God bless with riches? It is prosperity with a purpose.
The Bible says that Christ is the first fruit of all that slept. Doesn’t this mean that Jesus is God’s tithe. When Jesus died on the Cross, He glorifies God. The blood He shed so release God to look me in the face in all his holiness and me in my weaknesses, and still enables Him to bless me.
So, tithing, for me, is a biblical principle to:
- Sanctify me and my possessions against the curse of the earth
- Declare that Jesus Christ is alive
- Honour and give weight to Abba God
This sermon note is based on my thoughts and understanding of what was preached. It doesn’t represent the opinion and stand of New Creation Church nor Pastor Joseph Prince.