Booker T. Washington said, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
Giving, and specifically, tithing, is very fundamental to the Christian faith. Many Christians want to know, what is a tithe and how much they should exactly be giving? Well, let’s talk about it!
First, let’s define what a tithe actually is. Tithing in the Bible is the first 10% of your income and is supposed to represent the first fruits of your labor that you give back to your local church.
Tithing is an act of obedience, where God is essentially calling us to be more selfless. In the Bible, Leviticus 27:30 says that “a tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy.”
Now, I know exactly what you’re probably thinking. “10%??! Of my entire income? Like, do you know what I could do with that kind of money??”
I know this feeling all too well because I used to the think the same thing. For whatever reason, I just knew that if I tithed, I would not have enough money to pay my bills AND do the things I wanted to do. The key words in that last sentence being: “I” and “my.”
But then something changed.
I realized that God uses tithing to teach us as believers a few things:
1. To have a giving and servant mindset and help those around us that need it most. Tithing takes the focus off of ourselves and puts it back onto God and His people.
2. To be good stewards of the money that God has given us. (Technically, all money is God’s money, and He has just given it to us during our time on Earth to manage and steward over it well!)
3. To trust God with our finances (and life) and to be our ultimate provider. Money or a job is not and should not be our source. God is our one and ONLY source!
See, the thing about tithing is: God does not want or need your money. He wants your heart.
2 Corinthians 9 says,” 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.”
This shows us that tithing is, at its core, a heart issue. He wants us to have a content mind and live a selfless life, showing compassion towards others. Selfless people go much more further in life than selfish people. They succeed in every area of their life including relationships, work, and of course in their finances.
Practicing selflessness will always set you up to be successful.
If you are a Christian and have never tithed or are wondering whether or not you should start tithing, check out Malachi 3:10-12. It says, “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
This is literally the ONLY place in the Bible where God says, “Test me.”
This was the verse that got me to start faithfully tithing. Once I began to give my tithe freely, God started blessing me with EVEN MORE money than I had originally. I honestly couldn’t believe what was happening. Isn’t it funny how we can believe and trust God in one area of our life, but then simultaneously not trust Him in another?
Let’s challenge ourselves to grow in our faith by trusting God with all areas of our lives, especially our money. He is a generous and faithful God. He hasn’t left us yet and He never will. Trusting Him is definitely the move!
Mariah Street is an attorney for a state government agency, where she loves serving the state’s population. To her, serving and loving on God’s people in any way she can is an honor and privilege. Mariah is continuously chasing after God’s purpose for her life and seeks to encourage others to do the same by living an intentional, God-led life.