DO I NEED TO TITHE OFF MY STIMULUS CHECK?
So many people started to receive their stimulus check (or Direct Deposit) and many Christians are asking, “Do I need to with off my stimulus income?” Pastors, churches, and church members are asking this question of each other. So, instead of rolling into opinion, let’s just allow God’s Word to speak for itself.
“Put on one side a tenth of all the increase of your seed, produced year by year.”
“Give honor to the Lord with your wealth, and with the first-fruits of all your increase: So your store-houses will be full of grain, and your vessels overflowing with new wine.”
“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, crushed down, full and running over, they will give to you. For in the same measure as you give, it will be given to you again.”
I think one of the most important passages on tithing can be easily overlooked. Jesus is having a discussion with the Pharisees and he is criticizing their sole focus on giving 10 percent to the synagogue. Here is Jesus’ response, “You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things” (Matthew 23:23). In other words, Jesus was saying tithing should be easy – it’s simple math – but don’t ignore taking care of the unfortunate and the hurting. Jesus could have rejected the tithe, but no, he reaffirmed it.
My wife, Mary, and I received our Direct Deposit this morning. It was a great surprise, but the very first thing we did is give back to God through our church 10 percent. The Bible teaches that we should return the first tenth of all our increase. I know that one of the largest reasons why we are blessed is because we put God first in our finances!
WHEN YOU GIVE GOD THE FIRST, THE REST IS BLESSED!