Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s (Mt. 22:21)
Can God be robbed? Evidently. He once complained of this very thing when He said, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings.” (Mal. 3:8). In other words, there is a portion of our income that God views as His, and when we use it for our own purposes, He likens it to robbery. Here are some truths that can help us in this area.
First, what part of our income is God’s? 100%. He is the ultimate Provider of everything we have. Secondly, how much of God’s money is He asking in return? 10%. God is providing us 110% of what we need (not want) so that we can invest 10% in His kingdom. Good Americans don’t hesitate to “give to Caesar” and pay our taxes, and according to Jesus, that is commendable. But as good Christians, do we hesitate to “Give to God what is God’s?” (Mt. 22:21)? Do we believe it is God’s?
One compelling fact is that Jesus had a perfect opportunity to abolish the tithe, but He did not, and instructed those listening to continue this OT law (Mt. 23:23). Also, generosity is a theme of the NT, and no doubt if God expected 10% under the law, He expects at least that much under grace. Finally, be convinced that 1) tithing is a blessing, not a burden, 2) God’s will for you is to live on 90% of your income, and 3) tithing is one of the most powerful ways to demonstrate your sincere love for God. It is easy to think we cannot afford to tithe, but remembering that God controls our whole life, it becomes obvious we can’t afford not to.