Scripture shows that the giving of tithes and offerings to
the local church is necessary, and carries with it the
promise of spiritual blessings. Often, we want blessings
without the responsibilities, but God's word teaches us that
our dutiful giving is accounted to us. It is a future reward
that is kept securely for us in the heavenly kingdom.
The Bible is replete with instructions regarding tithes and
offerings. It is an integral part of worshipping the Lord.
Yet, because we misunderstand its significance, many
Christian's simply don't tithe. Our tithes and offerings
represent our love and devotion to Him. We give back to Him a mere portion of what He has
benevolently given to us. It also shows our
trust in Him. When we surrender a part of our income, we are
relying on Him to meet our every need. When tithes and
offerings are withheld, we foolishly rob Him of what He
deserves. God's people had failed to give their tithes and
offerings to the temple and were indicted with the sin of robbery
(Malachi 3:8-9). God promises to
bless us when we give to Him. Our obedience to Him returns
blessings to us. Both blessing and obedience are interwoven
as demonstrated, Bring the
whole tithe into the storehouse (temple), so that there may
be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD
of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven
and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows"
3:10). It seems unimaginable to test God, but He urges us to
do so. He wants our obedience, He wants to bless us, and He
staked His reputation on this principle.