“Give God What’s Right, Not What’s Left”

by Ronald W. Robey

We’ve all seen the bumper sticker, refrigerator magnet, or even seen the picture while surfing through cyberspace on the worldwide web. We’ve even heard preachers exclaim it from the pulpit from time to time… “Give God what’s right, not what’s left!”

The stickers, magnets, signs, preachers, etc., of course, are speaking of the tithe of your paycheck that you bring home from work on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The message is, “The money you earn belongs to God. He has given it to you, and all He asks in return is that you give Him 10% of it back, by taking it to the local Church you attend or are a member of.”

But, we must ask, “Is ten percent right? Does God really ask for 10% of our money?”

In reality, He does not. If one does a careful study of God’s Word, searching the Scriptures diligently, rightly dividing the Word of Truth, one will find that not once in the entire Bible did God ever command or instruct anyone to tithe his or her money to either the Tabernacle, Temple, or the Church.

In other words, there is no justification for the sentence, “Give God what’s right, not what’s lift” to be used in conjunction with any sermon dealing with tithes.

The Old Testament records that God’s holy tithe consisted of food grown in Israel and the livestock bred in Israel. (Leviticus 27:30-33) God’s holy tithe did not come from Gentile nations. Other nations were never given the command to tithe. It was given to Israel alone.

Psalms 147:19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
Psalms 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

So many today do not even know that the above verses are found in their Bibles. They are presented with the command given to Israel to tithe, and told that God expects them to tithe also. Those who would impose Israel’s laws and ordinances on the Church are identified in God’s Holy Word by the Apostle Paul as “Judaizer’s”. They are attempting to subvert the souls of Church members by imposing Israel’s tithing Law on the flock to whom they minister to. (Acts 15:24) When they impose Law given to Israel on the Church, they are also tempting God. (Acts 15:10)

Do you really want to “Give God what’s right”? Do you want to please God in your giving? Here’s how to do it…

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

It’s that simple. Just give what is on your heart to give. Not as others’ dictate, but what your heart says to give. It may be ten percent. It may be 20%. It may be more, it may be less. But God says, “You choose what you want to give.” The word “purposeth” in the verse above is translated from the Greek “proaireomai”. It means, “to choose for oneself”.

If you see a need, and you have the means to meet that need, then consider doing so. God will be pleased. Don’t give because of necessity, (because you are being forced to give by someone else) but out of love and compassion.

In the Book of Acts, the early Church members saw other’s needs, were moved with compassion, and sold possessions to help meet those needs. Now, don’t think I am saying to sell your possessions to meet the needs of others. I’m not. The early Church members were not forced to sell their possessions. No one told them they had to sell them. They did it out of love.

So, what’s “right” is to give out of love, not due to coercion. And in giving out of love to those in need, you are giving to God. Jesus said in Matthew 25, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.

Another way to “Give God what’s right” is to yield yourself over to His service. Be a willing and faithful servant who is attentive to His Master’s call. The Apostle Paul told the Romans, “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Present your bodies a living sacrifice”. This exhortation was given by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Book of Matthew, where we read:

Matthew 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

The coins were made in man’s image. The government owned the coins. Man is made in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27) and God owns us. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ) We are to yield ourselves over to God as His willing vessels, instruments of His work in the Earth today.

So, I do encourage you, “Give God What’s Right, Not What’s Left”. Yield yourself to His work when opportunity arises. It may be by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting those in prison, etc.. Above all, share Christ with those who are lost. This will please God more than if you place money in an account of a rich corporation doing business as a Church.

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.