Simplify Your Life: Become a Tither
God doesn’t want you to be stressed about money. That’s why He has taken time in His Word to lay out keys to managing your money properly. As I said in my last blog post, the first thing He wants you to do is diligently and consistently labor at that which is good to generate an income. The next step is to honor God with your tithe. The word tithe literally means one-tenth and it refers to the first fruits of your increase. Simply put, the tithe is the first tenth of your increase or the first ten percent of the income you generate.
I don’t want you to look at this solely legalistically. You need to first understand the principle of the tithe. God established a distinction between His sovereignty and man’s stewardship on this earth. He has given us everything that pertains unto life and godliness, but the tithe is the one thing we are commanded not to touch because it belongs to the Lord.
Giving God the tithe is how we submit our interests in this material world to God’s authority in our lives. It’s our way of saying, “This part I will not touch. It belongs to God.” This is the principle of the tithe and it is what enables Him to entrust you with additional resources to manage on His behalf. It’s the basis by which God begins to bless your finances.
Jesus, Melchizedek, and You
There is one other issue I want to cover concerning the tithe that is extremely important, yet often overlooked. Hebrews 6:20 says, “Wither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Many people know that the present-day ministry of Jesus is as our high priest, but most people aren’t aware of the fact that the Lord is our high priest after the order of Melchizedek nor do they understand the significance of this fact. Hebrews chapters six and seven are filled with great insight concerning this issue, but a brief overview of some of the main points will suffice for our purpose.
Hebrews 7:1–2 says:
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace.
Later in verse 6 it says:
But [Melchizedek] whose descent is not counted from [the sons of Levi] received tithes from Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
As Abraham was a man with the promises of God, born again believers have an even better promise in our “better covenant” (Hebrews 8:6). As Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, so we now bring our tithes to our high priest, Jesus, and as Melchizedek blessed Abraham, so Jesus our Lord blesses those who bring their tithes to Him.
This Hebrew word translated bless means “empowered to prosper.” When you read about the blessing of God on somebody’s life, it’s God empowering them to prosper. Prosperity isn’t just measured in dollars and cents. It means the increase of anything that relates to the life of God. Increase of good health. Increase of joy. Increase of peace. Increase financially.
Time and again, we see the blessing of God tied to the concept of the tithe. Yes, He wants to save you to the uttermost. Deliver you to the uttermost. Provide for you to the uttermost. It comes, though, through Jesus’ high priestly ministry. He is the mediator and the agent of a new covenant. The essence of that covenant is to bring the reality of God to bear in your life. This all comes through Jesus’ high priestly ministry, and we acknowledge that ministry when we bring Him our tithes.
What’s the next step in money management? I’ll show you in a future blog post.