I think it’s just right to start with the tithe…

I really don’t remember when I started giving my tithe to our church. What I do recall is that it was hard for me to comply to its concept. It was difficult for me to let my money off my hands if it wasn’t in exchange for a nice pair of shoes or a fashionable jacket.

No one forced me to tithe – not my parents nor my small group leader back in the day. I learned all I know now in God’s timing.

So, there was a time that I questioned if I should be giving the 10 % of my gross or net income. For quite some time, I was giving the 10 % of my net salary. And so I thought, I was being obedient and “generous” enough. Then God made me realize that since everything comes from Him, my contributions to the government (tax and the likes) are from Him, too. In obedience, I started giving the 10% of my gross income. And from then on, I became more free. Free from depending on how much I have and working for money that is.

Before I became more free though, I thought that tithing was like giving money to a security group to make sure that my “properties” would be taken care of. Funny. Right.

Until I started giving faithfully, I lost a lot of mobile phones and wallets to snatchers or due to carelessness. Then, I learned about Malachi 3: 11 – “I will prevent pests from devouring your crops…” And I interpreted it the wrong way.

Thinking that it was like giving money as, in a way, insurance so that I wouldn’t ever lose valuables again was totally wrong. It didn’t reflect acknowledging God to be the owner and source of all the blessings that I have been receiving ever since.

I thank God for enlightening me on this subject. And to those who have just started learning about tithing, just believe that God will help you understand it. Keep in mind that the most important thing about it is knowing your wealth (material or not) is His.

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I think it’s just right to start with the tithe…

One thought on “I think it’s just right to start with the tithe…

  1. You’ll be surprised to learn that we as Christians are still quite superstitious when it comes to some Christian beliefs. The truth is you cannot ‘influence’ the way God relates or feels about you. This kind of mindset has works written all over it.

    The take of much of today’s church on the tithe flies in the face of the entire premise of the sacrifice of Jesus; the very notion that not parting with a portion of our earnings monthly will invite the ‘devourer’ is a little unchristian. The blood of Jesus affords us total protection; tithe or no tithe.

    The truth from scripture about the tithe is that it was part of the law and entirely an Old Testament concept not at all binding on the New Testament church. The warning in the book of Malachi was directed at the Jews who just returned from exile in Babylon; they had completely neglected the Law. They not only withheld their tithes but their offerings too. Some of them also divorced their Jewish wives in favour of younger, foreign women. They’d developed an extensive ‘rap’ sheet as it were.

    The church of the New Testament has been liberated from the Law and Its curse to freely serve God. As such when it comes to giving we have been told that anything we give will be accepted as long as we give it willingly and cheerfully. You are free to give anything from 1% to 100% and God is fine with it as long as you are not doing it under duress.

    God bless.

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