Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.
1 Corinthians 16:2, KJV
Sometimes people say, “I don’t believe in tithing because we don’t live under the Law.” As Christians, we live under grace, and hallelujah for that! Does that mean we shouldn’t honor God with the first portion of our income?
In the Old Testament, specific giving was taught; in the New Testament, giving was sacrificial. In the Old Testament, giving was done by Law; in the New Testament, out of love. In the Old Testament, giving was an obligation; in the New Testament, it was an opportunity. In the Old Testament, giving was done by percentage; in the New Testament, by proportion, “as God has prospered” us. In the Old Testament, giving was a responsibility; in the New Testament, it’s a response.
The truth is, some Christians today are stuck at ten percent when they should be giving eleven percent, or fifteen, or twenty percent. But whatever we give, we shouldn’t do less under grace than under law.
Don’t let the law/grace debate erode your stewardship. Give as God has prospered you.
Almighty God has given me a home in heaven forever and ever. Why would I want to be miserly with Him?