Some Thoughts On Tithing

For a period of time, I chose not to tithe and rather to give in a generous way.  The problem was, as God pointed out to me, the “giving” most of the time brought at least a little glory to me.  The people that I gave to would see how generous I was rather than God seeing how generous I was towards Him.  True, this giving can give glory to God also, but He does not like sharing.  Tithing is something that is done in secret. Only you know whether you are consistent and/or generous.  It keeps in perspective that God is sovereign and knows exactly how the money needs to be dispersed.  Giving to the church is an organized way to disperse this money.  Not that God won’t lead you to give also.  He said “what you do for the least of these, you did for Me.”  He requires you to give time, energy, money, etc.

A friend told me that it was too legalistic–the whole 10% every month thing. Also, in this legalistic requirement, people gave out of a “have to” rather than “want to” spirit.  Truthfully, she’s right. In the beginning, I did give because I felt it was a requirement.   But then again, that is why I started fasting, praying, giving to others… Somewhere along the way, the “have to” turned to “want to”.  When it started, I was a little afraid what would happen when I did not tithe.  It seemed that when I didn’t tithe, my money seemed less or spent faster.  When I did, I would get checks in the mail from who knows where?  After starting to take notice of these consequences (both positive and negative), I began to tithe out of “have to” AND “afraid not to”.  Now, it is so different.  It took about 3 years of consistent tithing, but I am at a place where I feel real joy when it’s time to give tithe.  I find myself asking what I can give more and still be a good steward.  I still have a lot of immaturity in this area, but I have seen the progression just a little bit, and it excites me.

As far as the whole 10% thing, God looks at the heart.  Give what you can.  But remember, if it doesn’t hurt you a little, it doesn’t require faith.  10% is enough that I cringe a little when I write the check (told you bout that immaturity).   If that’s not enough for you to feel financial strain, moneybags, then give 20%.  Anyway, just try it for a few years , your life and finances will dramatically change. (Yep I said years.  This is an eternal kingdom where life is but a breath. But if you give a few years to a spiritual concept, you will see supernatural, powerful change in that area of your life.)

2 comments

  1. Hey friend,
    Some interesting thoughts from “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse” on this subject, just more food for thought:

    What about tithing? The concept only appears infrequently in the NT, and then in a very negative light (Matt. 23:23, Luke 18:9-12) Tithing originated in the OT. Actually, there were three separate tithes that totalled about 27.1 percent: 10 percent for the Levites, 10 percent of the rest to support the national festivals; and 10 percent of the rest for the poor. This was non-optional giving. In that day, the Israelites had a form of government called a theocracy, which means they were under the rule of God and the religious system. These tithes simply amounted to “tax monies” need to run the country. The 27.1 percent it cost to live in that church-state is similar to the non-optional amount of money we pay to live in our democracy: taxes.

    How should we view giving? Giving is, and has always been, a heart issue. Exodus 25 contains the account of raising the financial resources to construct the sanctuary. God said to Moses, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise my contribution.” (v. 2) After almost 10 chapters of specifications concerning the sanctuary, Moses repeats the condition of the giving. In Exodus 35 he says, “Take from among you a contribution to the Lord; whoever is of a willing heart…” (vv 4-5)

    In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul says, “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver” (v. 7). In the next verse, Paul reveals the source from which a heart to give comes: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything , you may have an abundance for every good deed.”

  2. I was taught about tithing and have been paying it sometimes with struggle.one day after selling a computer a brother give to me as a gift i was struggling to remove the tithe part i felt so uneasy ,my spirit wasn’s right with me and God,so i took out time to study tithing for myself from available scripture and christian articles. I was surprise to find out that tithing was included in the law no wonder i was struggling to pay it and i know the same applied to all tithers if you are reading this response, be sincere to yourself don’t u struggle to pay tithe sometimes. No man can keep the law ,the end of the law is death. When once u struggle to pay u don’t meet paul’s conrinthian standard of cheerfulness,and willingly to give.so how do we give or pay tithe in this time of grace? A spirit led giving is the way, listen to how many % the spirit is leading u to give and response that way u are not under the law. Do u love God first remove what u want to give Him before spending the rest. When u start doing that all struggle to pay tithe will dissapear. There are some christians whose spirit will ask them to pay 20% but will refuse quoting the law of 10%. We now walk in the spirit not flesh or law. Warning if u haven’t know how to receive message from God through ur spirit u can continue in the law until God bring to that point.OTON

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