The main reason people don’t believe in tithing or question its relevance in the present day has little to nothing to do with money, but rather a heart position. There is no greater indicator of a person’s heart and its relationship with Adam or Christ than when money is brought into the equation. One’s understanding and belief that Yahweh is the Creator of all things and thus the Owner is revealed in one’s view and action in this very area. Actually, Yahweh has to give you the ten percent to begin with just to see what you will do with it. Will you trust Yahweh in both heart and deed through tithing, or will you establish yourself as god and become a thief and robber of that which belongs to Yahweh. It always amazes me to find out the percentage of those who tithe in local churches and the willingness of the fivefold to allow those who don’t to populate their gatherings and fellowships. (Note: I understand that the previous statements make me sound like someone who stands at the door of the ecclesia requiring everyone to give their tithe to enter. That is certainly not the case and anyone who knows me personally would verify that fact.)
There are several indicators that exist that are directly attached to one’s identity and whether that identity is an outflow of Adam (flesh) or Yahshua (Spirit): money, time, relationships, body (physical fitness and wellness) and soul (mental and emotional stability). The Scriptures reveal that when we sow to the Spirit, we can expect to reap a free-flowing, perpetual, reproducing life. However, if one sows to the flesh, corruption of the soul will be the only harvest to receive, a life fraught with fear, anxiety and a frenetic lifestyle. Of course these harvests have more to do with the soulish expression of man and how the mind (how you think and process), will (how you make choices and decisions) and emotions (how you respond to life) of man is being influenced and expressed.
The ecclesia (church) was never meant to be a birthing station for people going to heaven. No, the ecclesia of Christ is His body, the earthly expression of the Head of all authority and power, displayed in the earth for the purpose of establishing the spiritual Kingdom of Christ. The ecclesia is an equipping station by which every member, just like the human body, has a unique identity and function. It’s when these parts and pieces are joined and activated properly and strategically, we can see the glory of Christ on the earth displayed in splendor.
However, it all begins with the heart of man. Yahshua came to the earth and died for man so that man’s heart could be redeemed. Without the heart of man functioning as originally designed, the outward expression will be compromised and corrupted with little lasting impact on the world in which we exist.
While the first fruit action of these five areas of identity cannot change the condition of the heart, they serve as barometers, measuring devices, which reveal the existing condition. Tithing, Sabbath observing, submitting and soulishly dying to self, fasting/nutritional eating and exercise and sowing to the Spirit through unknown tongues will not change the heart-that would be legalism. However, our unwillingness and lack of desire in these areas reveal an association with Adam that relegates the activities of the ecclesia (church) to spiritual baby birthing, babysitting and a spiritual daycare attempting to entertain and educate children.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (fully mature and functioning), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” Hebrews 5:12-14; 6:1-2