Tithing has always been an issue of conflict within me. There are a lot of awful articles out there written about giving that look at the act as a sort of sacrament where God’s blessing is reserved for those who give the most. Likewise, I’ve heard plenty of terrible sermons manipulating passages to suggest that God reserves a special grace to those who give. (The story of the woman with the two mites is largely misunderstood.)
Typically giving is either guilt-tripped or reward based. This is contrary to the doctrines of Grace. That’s why I was so happy to read this article by Matt Erbaugh entitled, “Something’s Missing from Your Giving.” I was both encouraged and convicted.
“This New Covenant removes us from the management of the Law of the Old Covenant, and instead places us as sons under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This is important because it’s this New Covenant that governs how we should give, not the old. It’s all about a relationship with a Man now, not a mere set of rules. Jesus commanded the Rich Young Man to give ‘all’ in order to highlight the fact that for all his rule following he had no relationship with the Lord. While he could submit to rules he could not submit to the Rule Giver!”
Here is another article that addresses more on the principle of money in conjunction with ‘poverty theology’ from the Gospel Coalition.