The Real Nature of Tithing


We are not the owners of the tithes we bring before God; we are simply stewards of the blessings with which God has entrusted us.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,... [see] if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows (Malachi 3:10).

It is said that God’s instruction on stewardship is that we give a 10th of our income. But is that what He actually says? Take another look at the verse. It begins with an interesting choice of words. It says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.” The first word in that verse is not give; it is bring. This wording is intentional and indicates the true nature of what a tithe is.

Think about it. If you’re going to give a present to someone, you must first be the rightful owner of what you are giving away. You can’t just walk into a store and grab something to give to someone without paying for it. A gift must first be owned before it can be given away. So Scripture is very clear here: we are not the owners of the tithes we bring before God; we are simply stewards of the blessings God has entrusted us with. When we tithe, we are just bringing to Him what is rightfully His. Are you willing to bring a tithe to God? You’ll never regret it. When we bring a tithe to God, He promises us we’ll be blessed. Why would you choose to miss His blessings?

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