Giving helps others and changes us.
It makes us more like our generous God.
For God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son (John 3:16).
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In the Old Testament, God’s people were encouraged to give a tithe (10%) of their income back to him. This idea is first introduced in Leviticus 27:30,
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
An additional tithe was also given once every three years to support the poor. On top of this, many Israelites voluntarily gave free will offerings to God as an expression of their faith in him and thankfulness for all that he had done for them.
By the time we reach the New Testament, a new principle is introduced - that of sacrificial generosity. Sacrificial generosity replaces the Old Testament principle of tithing. So, rather than being commanded to give 10%, Christians are now called to show generosity in response to God’s grace shown to us in Jesus Christ. Even though the New Testament does not lay upon us the old law of 10%, it would seem rather inconsistent with the gospel of grace for us to conclude that we should give any less than 10%. Paradoxically, grace actually lifts the bar on generosity rather than lowering it.
As those who have been enriched in every way by the generosity of Jesus, the New Testament helps Christians to see the tithe as a benchmark from which we can launch into sacrificial generosity. In other words, if you want to know what generosity looks like, why not try starting with a tithe and see if you can build up from there? Let the tithe be your springboard for generosity.