A Godly Response to Redemption by Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Theme: Financial Faithfulness
Topic: A Godly Response to Redemption
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
People who see tithing as a way of influencing God to act on their behalf are hesitant to do so because they think believers should receive answers to their prayers through grace and not by any works of their own. This position makes it difficult for them to pay tithes to God. The other category of people pays tithes to God in response to His work of redemption and other acts of goodness and mercy.
Those who give God tithes in response to His redemptive grace find it easier to tithe. They see tithing as a godly thing to do and as such do it with joy. The provision of grace does not mean we input nothing toward answered prayer. There is still a place for giving in prescribed New Testament godly living. It is likely that Abraham and Jacob practised tithing from a personal conviction but God instituted the practice in the Mosaic Law as a statutory thing (Leviticus 27:30-34).
Comparing the act of sacrifice under the Mosaic Law and the finished redemptive work of Christ (Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:4-6), it is clear that New Testament believers have received more grace than Old Testament saints. The former have received a comprehensive salvation and deliverance while the latter received a shadow of things to come. If the Old Testament folks gave tithes to God in response to what He did for them, New Testament believers cannot do less.
1. Pray that the Holy Ghost will help you to tithe based on conviction.
2. Pray also that the Holy Ghost will help you give to God out of gratitude for His blessings and not compulsion.
“I Don’t Believe In Tithing; 10%, To Pay or Not to Pay” by Eastwood Anaba
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