Financial giving is a hot topic in churches. There are some churches that avoid the topic completely, while others like to hammer on about it every week, but I believe that a sane, biblical view on giving is good news for us all.
The thing is that God doesn’t change. He doesn’t offer us His free gift of grace for only some areas of our lives. He offers it for every area of our lives without exception.
Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” and yet so many believers are walking around steeped in shame and condemnation because they are not tithing. Put another way, they’re walking around feeling condemned. Is that what God has for them? Absolutely not.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I believe in tithing. It’s a value I live by, but I also believe in grace. We need to settle the fears, doubts, condemnation and shame that so many have with regards to their giving, or their lack thereof. Why? Because Satan loves to have us feeling condemned. He loves the way that it draws us away from God, but where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
If we were under the law, it would all be up to us, but thank God we are under grace. Jesus has done it. In Him we are made righteous before God! It’s not our tithing that makes us righteous – that would be dead works. No! It’s Jesus death on the cross that makes us righteous.
We don’t tithe to earn God’s favor; we already have His favor! We tithe as an overflow of our gratitude to God, born of a revelation that He has blessed us to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Guilt-ridden, fear-driven givers are not cheerful. Fear can never be our motive for obeying God. It has to be faith. It has to be love. And even then, in our flesh, we are weak and giving makes little earthly sense and so it is the Spirit who empowers us to give.
Today I pray that God sets you free from the yoke of fear and condemnation in this area and that you are empowered, by the Spirit, to view giving as an act of joyful worship unto the Lord.