Reality Check

Adam Stout

READ : Leviticus 27

Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. (v. 30)

In Genesis 28 Jacob vowed that if God would be with him and provide for him, he would give back a tenth of everything (vv. 20-22).

Leviticus ends with rules about vows, including tithing. Vows were not to be taken lightly. If someone made a decision to tithe their figs, say, and later realized they needed the first-fruits, God demanded they add an additional 20 percent later (v. 31).

Tithing and vows continued during and after Jesus’ earthly ministry. In Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira lied and said they’d given all the money they promised to the Lord. They were struck down dead. Luke adds, “and great fear came upon the whole church.” No wonder.

I will be honest. I’ve been unfaithful in both vows and tithes. Mercifully, God doesn’t make examples out of all of us! How seriously do I take my vow to follow Christ? He took his commitment to me seriously enough to take my punishment on the cross. Am I grateful enough to give back 10 percent of all I’ve been given? One percent of a 24-hour day amounts to 14 minutes. If Jesus is the most important relationship I have, am I willing to spend even one percent of my day praying to him and reading his Word?

For all God has done for us, how do we return thanks?


Lord, help us daily to renew our vow to follow you.