I am not going to pretend that I know this subject. It’s just that I got disturbed by one of a very close someone who said to a young fellow not to brag about tithes, but then bragged about it when she was talking to another Pastor. I know it might be nothing to others but to me, it was a big deal. Big enough that I wrote this piece. But since we are already on the topic, let us expand. I have learned from different people and I will share them here.
- sometimes, tithes. the tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like. – dictionary.com.
“Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.” – gotquestions.org
It just says that TITHES is a LAW. A COMMANDMENT that each one of the Believers need to follow and never forget. Yes, it is an Old Testament law that still applies to each and every Christians. Does God really need it? No. But our church workers do. Our church building does need it. Besides, what is 10% of what we totally earned? From what was passed on to me, we compute for the Net Income not the Gross Income. You can use this calculator for help. There is no other way about it, so, let us pray and continuously ask God for wisdom about it.
- something offered in worship or devotion, as to a deity; an oblation or sacrifice. – dictionary.com.
Now, offering is different from Tithes. Offerings are the ones we give out of love. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) says that “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.” We give out of love and faith. We give because we know that God can outgive us. I found a good article about giving, it’s the 10 Essential Truths about Christian Giving. I will just leave that at that.
I am sharing these not because I give a lot, on the contrary, we are in a tight financial situation right now because of our kids and because there is no income during summer because our store is located in front of a university. There’s no classes, no students, no income. But we know God will provide. We know He looks at us and sees our needs.