Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:
“And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.
– Genesis 14:20
Here we see the very beginning of tithing. This passage is one reason I believe tithing is such a powerful practice. We see here that it wasn’t originally a command or even a suggestion. It was just the overflow of gratitude from Abrams heart. That’s how we should all approach tithes and offerings! It’s not a burden. It’s a joy to give back 10% of what God has blessed us with back to Him.
If you are unfamiliar with the idea of tithing, it’s pretty simple. If you believe everything you have came from God and is blessed by God, then you should give the first 10% or your increase (in today’s terms that would be your pay check) back to the Lord through the local Church. There are places all over the Bible that talk about this practice and charge us to keep it. Some people ask the question, “Why do I have to tithe?” To which I reply, if you are really thankful for what God has blessed you with and you’re going to continue to trust Him as your source, why wouldn’t you tithe?
What are you thoughts?