Many Christian Millennials tend to have an entitlement mentality, which sometimes extends even to their giving to God. Unfortunately, instead of thriving financially they settle for surviving—some by living in their “parent’s basement.”
Rather than rock their boat with biblical reality or “micro-aggressions,” many churches give them “safe space” and modify biblical terminology or even theology to hide the truth that God’s scriptural prosperity plan includes tithing. Instead, they come up with “millennial-speak” like: “sharing our resources with one another” and point only to the early church’s collections for poorer (and often persecuted) saints.
Of course, focused offerings and disbursements by New Testament believers are biblical expressions of generosity and faith. God always rewards unselfish, generous giving (Luke 6:38). But, even generous offerings are not substitutes for worshipping God with our tithes.
Tithing (giving a tenth) is an age-long expression of covenantal relationship with God—from Abraham’s faith-filled devotion to Melchizedek (an Old Testament picture of Jesus: Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 6:20; 7:1-22) to current efforts by seasoned “old-timers” to see it honored and affirmed in our churches.
Pastor Jack Hayford writes that “the tithe is part of the Abrahamic covenant of grace, not merely of the Mosaic covenant of works.” Tithing releases God’s blessings on his people (Malachi 3:8-10). Conversely, the prophet Malachi clearly teaches us that those who withhold their tithes and offerings are robbing God and robbing themselves of the blessings which God wants to abundantly “pour down for them.”
God doesn’t need our money but he always prospers obedience! If we want modern believers to be biblically blessed, we will want to teach them this age-long principle. We will once again commend it before church membership and require faith-filled stewardship of biblical tithes and generous contributions before allowing involvement in any form of leadership in our 21st-century congregations.
Be blessed by obeying God’s benevolent prosperity-plan!