Yes, you read that correctly. Tithing is not an act of worship, contrary to what you may hear during the tithes/offerings portion of your church service. Have you ever been at a church where everyone claps and cheers during the tithing? Maybe you go to a church like that right now! Scripturally speaking, there is no Biblical evidence that defines tithing as an act of “worship”. Tithing is an act of obedience. Worship is ministry unto the Lord. You cannot minister to the Lord with your money- He doesn’t need it. In terms of worship, calling your tithes an act of worship is exactly what Cain did when he brought a basket of apples to God instead of a living sacrifice.
Yes, you should be obedient with your tithes… but don’t toss your 10% into the plate and then consider yourself to have worshipped God
You are the living sacrifice that God wants. God always wants a physical sacrifice from your literal body, not your checkbook. Tithing is an act of obedience so that the house of the Lord (aka the local church) is provided for so that it can in turn provide for the people of God, but it is not worship and there is no proof anywhere in the Bible (which is the only source of all definitions and standards) that says otherwise. Yes, you should be obedient with your tithes, the Bible is very, very clear about the blessings associated with financial obedience (Malachi 3), but don’t toss your 10% into the plate and then consider yourself to have worshipped God in any manner. Worship is what God says it is, not what people say it should be or is or can be.
You cannot “worship the Lord with your tithes and offerings”. Worship is ministry to the Lord- that’s it, and only your body can produce it. Singing, dancing, raising your hands, kneeling, bowing, playing an instrument, singing a new song, shouting, testifying, spinning, jumping and clapping- just a few ideas! Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Him, then, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Give your money to the Lord in obedience- the Bible is chock-full of promises for that. But give your body to the Lord in worship and minister to Him. That is worship. Only God gets to define worship- and He has. He wants YOU.
Thought for today
Just because this may challenge your thinking doesn’t make it incorrect. Search the Word of God and see where tithing is mentioned as worship and let’s talk! Yes, you should honor the Lord with your first fruits, but that isn’t worship, as the Bible defines it. Yes, you should “sow into the ground that feeds you” with offerings- but those are not worship either. Referring to tithing as “worship” is a misunderstanding of both tithing and of worship and the results are disastrous. People come to church and don’t raise their hands to the Lord, but toss in $500 and wonder where God is! It’s a strategy of Satan to confuse the subject of worship so that people remain disconnected from God. Get into obedience with your money, and then worship God for His provision, His blessings, His faithfulness. There is power in worship, but first, you need to know what it is (and what it is not!)