Today’s quote is clearly not from the Bible, it is a popular phrase used to determine how committed someone is to a given idea or belief. If you believe what you say to be true, then…
“Put your money where your mouth is”. – Unknown Origin
Now, I contend, although this quote is not from the Bible, it is totally Biblical. Yes, I am going to write about tithing.
Firstly, if you are a Christian it is necessary that you be part of a congregation of believers as Paul instructed that we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together and to meet together often. Secondly, it is our Christian duty to provide for the ministering of the Gospel and for the poor and needy among us. We therefore should be giving of our time and money.
Before Moses, starting with Abel immediately after the fall of Adam and Eve, and with Abraham and the patriarchs, true believers in God were marked by their faith and freely have a 10th of their increase to God. It was not by constraint, but willingly, giving out of their best in thanksgiving to a loving and just God.
Under the Law of Moses tithing was done by law, by constraint. There was the basic 10% tithe PLUS other required offerings throughout the year. And this was enforced by the Levites, Scribes and Pharisees. Was it a coincidence that the Apostle Matthew, of the tribe of Levi, was a tax collector?
With the coming of Jesus Christ, the law was fulfilled, and we are once again justified by faith not works, as it was before the Law of Moses. Remember how Abraham was described as a friend of God, that he believed God and it was counted as righteousness? That’s because actions are born out of belief, and Abraham believed and therefore obeyed God. And yes, he gave his tithes to Melchisedec who was a type of Christ.
Remember, tithing is not to be done to win the favor of God, but to give thanks and to demonstrate that you have full faith in Him who has saved you. Jesus said, “if you love me, keep my commandments”. So we are obedient because of our faith, and our actions follow our faith. If you say you are a Christian, if you say that you love God, then put your money where your mouth is!