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SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 23:23-33, Galatians 5:4
But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God … the just shall live by faith. – Galatians 3:11
Some people teach that the paying of tithes is an anachronistic thing and therefore should not be practised in the New Covenant. Jesus explained that some believers used the payment of tithes on everything as an excuse for not practising the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy and faithfulness.
From the passage, it is clear that Jesus was establishing the principle of prioritizing. His concern was to ensure that we leave nothing undone especially the more important matters of the law. We should therefore know that payment of tithes of any kind should be seen as only a baseline to maintaining our spiritual integrity and growth.
We must add on to the base the practice of giving and showing justice, mercy and faithfulness. It is not enough to pay your tithes as Christians. Add on to these virtues. It is as well not enough to be a “churchy” Christian, be a Christ-like Christian… put on the true virtues of Jesus.
• Do I only practice the laws of Christianity which though important does not relate to my salvation?
• What then are the weightier matters of Christianity?
Dear Lord, may my life not be merely built on the basis of Christianity but that I may build on the more important issues which work out my salvation.
We are not saved by merely observing the law.
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