Giving is an important aspect of the Christian life. Money represents both your life and where your heart is. If you make $ 10 an hour, a $ 10 bill represents an hour in your life. When you give the same $ 10 to God, you have actually given God 1 hour of your life. This is why giving to the Christian is so important.
In addition, your heart follows where you put your money. So if you invest in the things of God, your heart will be in the things of God. God knows this.
Luke 12:34 – For where your treasure is, so will your heart.
Because of this, there are three types of monetary benefits that the Bible speaks of. They are: tithes, victims and alms. Here are the distinctions:
Tithing is literally a tithe. Malachi 3: 8 speaks of robbing God by withholding your tithes. God is asking for 10% of your increase. These 10% were intended to finance God’s work (Num 18:24). It is given by the Christian as something that already belongs to God.
Leviticus 27:30, 32 – And all the tithe in the land, whether of the seed of the earth, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy to the Lord. 32 And as for the flock or herd, whatever goes under the rod, the tithe shall be holy unto the LORD.
Giving less than 10% is not tithing. Giving more than 10% is more than a tenth; only 10% can be considered a tenth.
Offers are exactly what it entails. There is not a lump sum that makes it an offer. It is all over the 10% that God requires you to decide to give because of your love for God and your gratitude for what He has done for you.
Deuteronomy 16:10 – And thou shalt keep the feast of the week unto the LORD thy God, with a tribute of a freewill offering of thy hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, after the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
An offer is something you decide on. The amount is not set. It is given according to the blessings you believe God has blessed you with. This offer is also given to the work of God. That’s one way you say, ‘Thank you!’
Alms are monetary or things you have purchased that you give to someone in need. It is your decision to help the poor, to meet the needs of those in need, and to love your neighbor.
Acts 3: 2 – And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, as they daily lay at the gate of the temple, which is called beautiful, to ask alms for them that came into the temple;
Again, this is something you decide to do. There is no set amount, no deciding factor apart from your own heart.
Proverbs 19:17 – He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord; and what he has given must pay him again.