Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday, 31 July 2017
The Law Was Not For The Gentiles: Another Look At Tithing
“When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 9:21 NLT
While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about the matter.
Here’s what the apostles said, “Why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood.” Acts 15:10, 19-20
Isn’t it interesting that they didn’t ask the Gentiles to tithe? That let’s you know that tithing was not one of the things even the Early Church did.
You’re free to tithe, but let it be voluntary; not because there’s a law about it. The law was never for Gentiles in the first place. God loves cheerful givers, and when we give with the right attitude and for the right reasons, God will reward us.