Jesus spoke a lot about money because (to quote C.J. Mahaney) “there is a direct relationship between a person’s spiritual development and their attitude to money and possessions.” And, “how we allocate and use our finances is a definitive statement about what we believe and what we are committed to.”
How much did the poor widow give? More or less than the others? How did Jesus view her gift?
In the Old Testament there was a system by which one of the twelve tribes of Israel were the priests who looked after the temple and the other eleven tribes each brought a tenth of their produce to support the priestly tribe. These were called “tithes” and were considered as given to God. Tithing is expressing dependence, gratitude and commitment to the purposes of God and should be given to the local church.
In Luke 11:42, Jesus affirms tithing. Also the New Testament teaches the principle of “sowing and reaping”. See 2 Corinthians 9:6-10. Reaping is dependant on “sowing” ,not “wishing”!
The tithe belongs to God. God wants the first fruits – not the last fruits.
Read 2 Corinthians 8 & 9.
This passage uses some great words in relations to giving:
‘Privilege’ 8:4; ‘The will of God’ 8:5; ‘Excel’ 8:7; ‘Sincerity of your love’ 8:8; ‘Willingly’, ‘According to your means’ 8:12; ‘Generous’ 9:5; ‘Cheerful’ 9:7
Malachi 3:10 is one of the only times we are ever told to test God.
Look at the blessings you can look forward to in 2 Corinthians 9:8-11
1 Timothy 6:17-19 gives guidelines for the rich.