To start out with let me just tell you that this isn’t going to be everything you ever wanted to know about tithing. That’s just a catchy title. What this is going to be is a simple explanation of what tithing is and why you should do it. I’m not going to use a bunch of Scriptures to show you Biblically why we must tithe (but there are some really good posts like that you can read). If you just need someone to tell you what tithing is and why you should do it, then this is the post for you!
What is tithing?
Tithing is returning to God a portion of the money He gave you. All of the income you have is given to you by God. Whether you worked hard for it, or someone just handed you some money, God is the one who got that money to you. And one of the requirements in this “God gives you money” deal is that you bring some to Him first.
How much do I need to tithe?
10%. Easy as that. The word tithe means a tenth, so for every dollar you get, you need to tithe a dime. Anything more than that is an extra gift, anything less than that is stealing. But there’s one more little thing, it’s got to be the first 10%. God doesn’t like being second. He likes to be first. So the first money you spend after you get paid should always be the tithe.
Who do I give my tithe to?
You’re supposed to give your tithe to God. But how do you do that? Attaching it to a balloon seems pretty stupid. Someone is going to use this money, but who gets it? Your church. God designated the tithe to go to the priests and Levites in the old testament, the closest thing to that today? Your local church. Don’t give it to a local charity, don’t send it to televangelists who want to buy a new airplane and don’t give it to the Boy Scouts. If you want to give to any of these things, go ahead, but don’t do it until after you tithe to your local church.
What if I don’t have a local church?
What Happens if I don’t tithe?
You get cursed. You probably won’t fall ill of drop dead, but none of your money will work right. You’ll spend your money and it will just seem to not get you a lot.
What happens if I do tithe?
You get blessed! If you’ve never tithed, then you don’t know what it’s like to have your money blessed. Having your money blessed is great. Basically you get more than you should be able to with your money. Things you need go on sale when you need it. You get things for free when you should have paid for them. Don’t tithe because of the blessing you get by tithing, but don’t not enjoy that blessing when it comes.
Conclusion (It seemed like I needed one more title)
The tithe is set up by God to show that you trust God, and that you put Him first. And it’s set up to take care of pastors and churches. Without the tithe, then your pastor wouldn’t be able to spend his time and energy doing God’s work. Without the tithe, your church wouldn’t have a building or those new fancy pews you get to sit in. But mostly it’s for you. If God can’t trust you to give Him back only 10% of the money that He gave you, how can He trust you to do anything else? How can he send you to be a missionary. How can he make you a leader in your church? How can He bless you with more money if He can’t even trust you to do even the basic thing He commands?
It’s important to tithe. It’s not just your pastor trying to get a raise.