Substance

 

Where there is no tithe, our worship is paper thin.

It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realised that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough…
— Luke 17:11-16 (The Message)

I love the above passage of scripture in Luke. Lots would see it as a picture of the miraculous power of Jesus to heal, and even though that’s true, the story of the ten lepers has way more to it than just healing. You’ll notice that although ALL 10 were healed, only 1 went back to thank Jesus, shouting his gratitude and glorifying God. This is actually a picture of the tithe but also how worship and tithing are connected. 

When we travel through moments in church, we are given opportunities to substantiate our worship by arriving at a deeper understanding of Him. I would say that most churches, much like ours, would have times of giving and tithing after the worship is finished – it’s the perfect time in church for us to be given that opportunity. By that stage, we’re in a place of recognising the full weight of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Our hearts and our heads are aligned and our spirit becomes fully engaged.

Just like the leper who went back to Jesus to bring glory and gratitude, we also bring the tithe in recognition that we too have been healed and made whole. We make our worship credible not just by words, but by actions. When we bring the tithe, it shows God that we’re serious about His word and it gives weight to our worship by not just enjoying His presence but by making sure our heart is in the right place. Most of all, it takes us from the place of enjoying the worship to becoming true worshippers who have substance in a life lived for Jesus.

 

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith was the Music Director of C3 Church in Sydney Australia for over 10 years, and has been involved in over 20 Praise and worship releases from C3 Music over the last 15 years...