Day 107: Giving

Romans 12:13

contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality.

One of the ways that we can tell that we are living our lives by the Holy Spirit is that we give to Christians in need. Sometimes we give material things and sometimes we share our homes with them.

There is quite a bit of talk about “tithing” in the church, but you will find this topic strongly absent as we go through the New Testament. In its place, you find verses like this one. Tithing was a taxing system that God set up for Jewish worship. This can provide a guideline for those who wonder how much would be good to give, but it shouldn’t become a law for Christians to follow. The fact is, the New Testament is completely silent on the subject just as it is on going to church on Sunday (except for making sure we know it’s not a rule).
These are things that we have added and because we have added them, it doesn’t make sense for us to require these things of each other. It is fine for us to make rules for ourselves to follow that aren’t in the Bible, but it doesn’t make sense for us to judge others by our rules.

The Bible does tell us that Spiritual people should be contributing to the needs of other Spiritual people. This is an unavoidable thing in the Bible as we read here. I suggest that we give more than ten percent because Jesus has saved our whole lives. We have been given everything, so let’s give everything. After all, we are living sacrifices!