“You must reserve a tenth-part of whatever your fields produce each year.” (Deuteronomy 14:22)
The Bible is unapologetic in discussing our income, possessions, and generous giving. In the Old Testament, the offering was not determined by a percentage of income but instead consisted of sacrificing a portion of crop and livestock yields. The act of sacrifice had a number of purposes, among them atoning for sin and caring for the poor and oppressed. In the New Testament, the practice of giving continues, described most powerfully in Second Corinthians 8 and 9.
For Christians, financial giving is not an act of righteousness to earn God’s favor. Nor is it an atonement for sins, as though turning over a portion of our money would justify our standing before God. Christ has already done these things! Instead, financial giving is a response of thanksgiving. God has generously given us the gift of life in the Son as preeminent among all other gifts. In light of this, we are able to use our many lesser gifts, including our income, to bless others in the way we have been generously blessed through God’s grace.
Lord, help me to give of my income proportionately,
using the “tenth-part” as a baseline standard. Amen.