Deuteronomy 14:22 – 15:11
The passage from Deuteronomy is a great passage about the NEED for giving 10% back to the Levites/Tabernacle so that the worship of God could endure through the Wilderness. Although Jesus doesn’t talk about tithing, he DOES speak about money quite a bit. But here’s the rub – it’s not about the money (necessarily), it’s about our ATTITUDE toward money.
Many people quote the proverb that says “money is the root of all evil.” Nope! The proverb actually says “the LOVE of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Selfishness and other attitudes are what get us into trouble with God when it comes to money, as well as anything else.
The Deuteronomy passage indicates that tithing (giving 10%) is the way to go but the New Testament stewardship issue says that EVERYTHING belongs to God. That is a huge difference (between 10% and ALL).
But talking about tithing is not bad. We understand that through tithing, or at least trying to tithe, we can learn other good values such as:
How much you trust God is the wellspring of our souls where we find our attitudes about money.
As we approach Thanksgiving, just remember that we should be grateful for ALL that we have been entrusted with by the Lord. Change your attitude this year, to be more grateful to the Lord in this season. THAT will change you and grow you in generosity toward others.