I know that I don’t. And yet the fact is, the Bible talks about it, so we must. If simply to be faithful to God. And what does the Bible say? It says that God expects you to use a portion of your money to support the work of God.
Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have evaded my statutes and not observed them. Return to me and I will return to you, says Yahweh Sabaoth. You ask, “How are we to return? Can a human being cheat God?” Yet you try to cheat me! You ask, “How do we try to cheat you?” Over tithes and contributions.
A curse lies on you because you, this whole nation, try to cheat me. Bring the tithes in full to the treasury, so that there is food in my house; put me to the test now like this, says Yahweh Sabaoth, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you and pour out an abundant blessing for you. For your sakes, I shall forbid the locust to destroy the produce of your soil or prevent the vine from bearing fruit in your field, says Yahweh Sabaoth — (Mal. 3:7-11)
God established tithing as the means by which the work of ministry and ministries were to be funded. If people don’t tithe, ministry can’t happen. Even in ministry ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’.
If ministry matters to you, if feeding kids matters, if worship services matter, if hospital visits matter, if nursing home visits matter, if sick calls matter, if Sunday School matters, if hymn singing matters, if having a building to worship in matters, if pews matter, if heat and air conditioning matter, if Bible study matters, then it only stands to reason that people support those things and many others.
If, though, none of those things matter, then it only makes sense that people refrain from supporting them. And in due time there will be no food for the kids, no worship services, no hospital visits, no nursing home visits, no sick calls, no Sunday school, no hymn singing, no building to worship in, no pews to sit on, no heat or air conditioning, and no Bible study.
And more importantly, if none of those things are supported, God’s work goes undone. Not because pastors are greedy and crave wealth (most don’t, and never will be wealthy) but because even ministry costs. It’s just that simple.
God knows it and God has called on his people to fund the things related to ministry. If those things aren’t funded, God is robbed.
Christian people have to decide every week or every two weeks or every month or however often they are paid whether or not they will withhold from God what God has required of them. Most do. Will you? Or will robbing God turn the lights off once and for all?