Many years ago, I was involved with a local church and became friends with the Pastor. We were going through some budget items for the church when a line item caught my attention. The Pastor believed in absolute transparency to the church family for his personal finances. I noted that he tithed to our church, for which he was the senior pastor, and calculated it to be about 12% of his gross income.
The tithe supports the Church family, its Pastors and leaders. It initially seemed odd to me that a Pastor would also tithe, since after all, isn’t this the money that I and the congregation gave to him and his family to live? As I reflected upon this, I realized that he was following the admonition of God’s Word, like all believers. He was setting a godly example as the leader and shepherd of our church. As he tithes, the rest of the congregation should also be encouraged to tithe.
The contribution of the king from his own possessions was for the burnt offerings: the burnt offerings of morning and evening, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths, the new moons, and the appointed feasts, as it is written in the Law of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 31:3 (ESV)
In this passage from the Bible, King Hezekiah also set a godly example for his people, contributing from his own possessions to the re-establishment of the worship of God, neglected for many years. What did his people do when they witnessed his actions?
As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
2 Chronicles 31:5 (ESV)
God honored Hezekiah’s sacrifice of tithe when he set an example that his people gladly followed. What was the result?
And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.
2 Chronicles 31:21 (ESV)
The result was God blessed the Kingdom of Judah. When God’s leaders set a godly example, God blesses, exceedingly abundantly!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.