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A tithe—which just means “tenth”—is bringing the first 10 percent of a person’s income back to the local church. Tithing is a principle taught through the entire Bible. When we tithe, we are expressing worship in a tangible way by putting God first in our lives.
Tithing is about trusting God, and trusting God is a journey. We’re going to have questions along the way and that’s OK.
We believe the top competitor for our devotion to Jesus is money (Matthew 6:24). Giving allows us to demonstrate that He is more important to us than material things.
The idea of bringing the first 10 percent of our income to the Church seems overwhelming. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how much or how little we make, God promises to pour out blessings on us when we tithe. Tithing is about training our heart to trust God at His Word.
In Malachi 3:10, the Lord says “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this…and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
When we bring our first and best back to God, He promises to bless the rest.
The tithe is about trusting God to know better than we do and to do more with what we bring to Him than we can imagine. Retaining control by designating a tithe is not fully trusting God to know better or that He will keep His promises. The opportunity to designate for specific purposes can come in the form of gifts and offerings above and beyond the tithe.
The mistake we make when it comes to tithing is focusing on dollar amounts instead of the role tithing plays in our hearts.
Giving is an overflow of the recognition of what Jesus did for us — saving us from our sin — and what He wants for us — an abundant life. When we allow Jesus to guide our giving decisions, we will always be generous to the church.
Talking about money is uncomfortable. Why is that? We all need it, use it, and want more of it. How we use money is important, not only to us, but to God — so much in fact that God broaches the sticky subject of money in the Bible more than 800 times. And just like everything else in God’s Word, His ways are to lead us to His best for our lives.
Not only do we rob God of money, but we also rob ourselves of the blessings He wants to pour out on us. God desires to shower blessings on us if we will only trust Him.
In 2 Corinthians 9:1-9 there is another level of trust God longs to bless, and that is when we generously and joyfully offer more than what is required. Sometime this is called a special offering or a gift. Essentially it is over and above our tithe and can be given to which ever need you feel on your heart. Consider it as a next step in our faith walk. This is where each walk gets individual and personal since it is not a designated amount. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Trusting God with our money is tough, but God’s plans are never meant to burden us, but to lead us to further blessings.