But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. James 5:12
One of the reasons parents give children a weekly allowance of money is to teach them financial stewardship. Save some, share some, spend some—and set aside some for the Lord’s work. There is an easy way to accomplish that last responsibility—by setting aside money for God. It’s called tithing.
The principle is this: The tithe belongs to the Lord (Leviticus 27:30). The easiest way to make sure we remain faithful to give the Lord His tithe is to build our personal or family budget around ninety percent of our income instead of one hundred percent. If ten percent of what we earn belongs to God, then we build our own savings and expenditures based on ninety percent of our income. That takes the decision-making out of the process. Setting aside God’s tithe first every month means our budgeting doesn’t include decisions about what is His.
Tithing to God is a step of obedience in the Christian life. And like all steps of obedience, God will bless our faithfulness to Him.
God demands the tithe, deserves the offerings, defends the savings, and directs the expenses. Stephen Olford
Lie Not – James 5:12 – In Depth – Pastor Chuck Smith – Bible Studies