What is Tithing?
Tithing is the spiritual habit of giving back to God the first 10 percent of all we earn. It is described in the Old Testament book of Leviticus saying, “Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S; it is holy to the LORD.” Leviticus 27:30
There is something about giving 10% of what we earn that God has decided is appropriate. Imagine yourself receiving ten one dollar bills from God. As you look at the money in your hand, you ask, “God, what do you want me to do with this $10 Do you want it back” God says, “I just want one of them back. “Just one” you ask, puzzled. “Yes, just give me one,” God says. “You can do whatever you want with the rest.”
That is what tithing is. If I make $10, I give $1 back to God; if I make $100, I give $10 back to God; if I make $1000, I give $100 back to God. I get to keep 90 percent, but I give 10 percent to him.
According to Deuteronomy 14:23, the purpose of tithing is to teach us to always put God first in our lives. Tithing is an act of worship as a practical demonstration that God is more important to us than money.
The reason we tithe is to draw us closer to God. Jesus said, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). The Bible says wherever we put our money, that’s where our heart is. If we put money into a house, or car, or special vacation, that’s what we are passionate about. Wherever we put our money, that’s what becomes important to us. If we put God first when it comes to money, it says, “God, you’re first in my life.”
It is obvious what is important to us by how we spend our time and money. If we say, “God, I want you to be number one in my life,” but he’s last place in our budget, that’s a contradiction. The issue here is where we place God in our list of priorities. Our finances show what our priorities are. Ask yourself, “What do my finances reveal about the priority of God in my life?”
What is an Offering?
Tithes and Offerings are mentioned separately throughout the Bible. The offering is what we sow above the tithe it and determines the measure of increase we experience according to Luke 6:38. Offerings are gifts brought to God beyond our tithes. A tithe is ten percent of what we earn, but with offerings God gives us discretion as to the amount or number of offerings to bring.
There is a distinct difference between tithes and offerings, not only in language but most especially in spirit. The purpose of an offering might be to show thanks, give praise, or be an expression of love for God.
How Do I Tithe?
1. Use the tithing calculator below to calculate 10% of your gross income. We might be tempted to think that we should tithe on our net, or the amount we take home after taxes. The tithe described in the Bible was always based on someone’s gross increase or earnings.
2. Give your tithe to God as an act of worship at the church where you worship. Here are several ways to give unto the Lord at “THE LIFE” Church:
Once again, consider gathering together as a family to dedicate what you give in prayer, asking God to accomplish spiritual results – especially that many would come to faith in Jesus Christ.
We praise God for your generosity and heart of worship. May God be glorified as we give. The Bible says “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11.
God bless you!
What is First Fruits?
First Fruits – the first fruit is the first of your increase found in several places in the Scriptures, but made plain in Proverbs 3:9-10. For example, if you get a raise $1000 MORE every week than your previous job, then your first fruit would be the first $1,000 your receive from that raise. If you did not have a job and you get a new job, the first fruit is the entire first check. You only give first fruits when you come into an increase that will be continual (i.e. raise, bonus, etc.) If you start a business, the first sale made is a first fruit. On a new job, the entire first check is the first fruit. The first fruit guarantees us continual overflow.