The directions given by the Holy Spirit through the
apostle Paul in regard to gifts, present a principle that applies also
to tithing: "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by
him in store, as God hath prospered him." Parents and children are here
included. Not only the rich, but the poor, are addressed. "Every man according
as he purposeth in his heart [through the candid consideration of God's
prescribed plan], so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for
God loveth a cheerful giver." The gifts are to be made in consideration
of the great goodness of God to us.
And what more appropriate time could be chosen for
setting aside the tithe and presenting our offerings to God? On the Sabbath
we have thought upon His goodness. We have beheld His work in creation
as an evidence of His power in redemption. Our hearts are filled with thankfulness
for His great love. And now, before the toil of a week begins, we return
to Him His own, and with it an offering to testify our gratitude. Thus
our practice will be a weekly sermon, declaring that God is the possessor
of all our property, and that He has made us stewards to use it to His
glory. Every acknowledgment of our obligation to God will strengthen the
sense of obligation. Gratitude deepens as we give it expression, and the
joy it brings is life to soul and body.--R. &
H., Feb. 4, 1902.
First the Tithe--Then Offerings
This matter of giving is not left to impulse. God has
given us definite instruction in regard to it. He has
specified tithes and offerings as the measure of our obligation. And He
desires us to give regularly and systematically. . . . Let each regularly
examine his income, which is all a blessing from God, and set apart the
tithe as a separate fund, to be sacredly the Lord's. This fund should not
in any case be devoted to any other use; it is to be devoted solely to
support the ministry of the gospel. After the tithe is set apart, let gifts
and offerings be apportioned, "as God hath prospered" you.--R.
& H., May 9, 1893.
Meeting God's Claims First
Not only does the Lord claim the tithe as His own,
but He tells us how it should be reserved for Him. He says, "Honor the
Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase."
This does not teach that we are to spend our means on ourselves, and bring
to the Lord the remnant, even though it should be otherwise an honest tithe.
Let God's portion be first set apart.--R. & H.,
Feb. 4, 1902.
We are not to consecrate to Him what remains of our
income after all our real or imaginary wants are satisfied; but before
any portion is consumed, we should set apart that which God has specified
Many persons will meet all inferior demands and dues,
and leave to God only the last gleanings, if there be any. If not, His
cause must wait till a more convenient season.--R.
& H., May 16, 1882.