When someone gives tithe, he is recognising that God is Lord, not only Lord of his life but also Lord of everything.

The tithe is ten percent (10%) of all income, and it belongs to God. This is a very ancient practice followed by God-fearing people everywhere. The deepest meaning of the tithe is in the understanding that everything (100%) comes from God.

Tithing can be scary—whether we make a meager income or a lot of money. Those with limited means worry about being able to pay the bills if they give away the first 10% of their income. But we must remember that obedience always brings God into the equation. It is infinitely better to face our financial challenges with 90% of our income plus God than to be hanging onto 100% of what we make while leaving God out of the picture.

And who is God you may ask?

God is in everyone. Yes, in you too and No, you still have to tithe 10% of your income to some other God :). Give it to the needy. Give it to a charitable organisation. Give it to a school which needs more funds to run, give it where it will be useful.

Nothing is easier than figuring out what our tithe should be. We look at our paycheck and move the decimal point to the left one place. That’s a tenth. Was that made it that simple on purpose? Probably.

Tithe for the next six months and watch what happens. It may be the blessing of answered prayer, peace of mind, spiritual growth, clear direction in a decision, or conflict resolution in a relationship. Some people have found that just the simple act of calculating a tithe brings structure and discipline to the overall management of their finances—and that, too, is a blessing!

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17 thoughts on “Daily Dose of Inspiration – Tithing

  1. Thank you for this. We hear this message in church, but it can be terrifying when you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck to give even just a “measly” 10%. But our church has a saying: “He is either Lord of all or not Lord at all.” And this just really convicted me all that much more.

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  2. We tithe. And I handle the finances. This is something I pray over daily, because it is very hard for me to tithe with the glad heart I want to have every time. You’re so right though, blessing abound and I think it has to do with our obedience.

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  3. I have no problem tithing when it comes to charity, friends in need, or giving to a distinct cause. What bothers me is places like some of these “megachurches” that take the tithes and seem to use that money for material gains. The congregation is forgoing important things to be able to donate to the church, and all the church is doing is making sure the pastor drives a Porsche, the building is as massive as it can get, and that there are luxuries like padded reclining chairs and movie theater screens. That isn’t what it is about to me. Tithing can certainly go to keep the lights on and the building open, but not excess luxuries. That money should go to help those who truly need it, not line some liar’s pockets. I know not all churches misuse and mishandle money, but I have seen it and it makes me sad.

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