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Why do you tithe? The answer to this question will reveal whether or not one's tithe is pleasing to God. If tithing is completely motivated by fear it will be a burden instead of a blessing. It will neither please God nor the tither. It will haunt the Christian rather than help him.
Tithing because your" scared not to" is doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
If tithing is completely motivated by the desire for glory, it is wrong. Someone has said the world has yet to see what can be done by the man who cares not who gets the credit.
If tithing is completely motivated by the desire to pay off my debt," it is wrong.
God already owns the whole world. How can we pay our debt to God for salvation when He already owns everything that we call ours? Is' is a privilege to tithe not a legalistic duty.
The only right motive for tithing is LOVE! Jesus had just summarized the Ten
Commandments in Matthew 22: with a two-fold command.
1. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind" (Matthew 22:37 LB).
2. "Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself" (Matthew 22:39 LB).
Matthew 23 applies the motive of love to Christian service. In this context, Jesus endorsed tithing as a Christian virtue that should not be left undone (v. 23).
Tithing is not a substitute for loving God.
It is an expression of our love for Him and our desire to share Christ with our neighbor.