I am on the quest to understand Tithing better. Not because I’ve never been in a church that taught it, but because I want to make sure that the beliefs I have been taught, are my very own. Churches are ALWAYS talking about tithing.. I mean, I get where they’re coming from, and why it’s important, I just want to make sure that I personally believe what they’re saying. I don’t like thinking about the amount of money we make (and waste) in America, compared to people in other countries… that being said, I want to be VERY responsible with the money I have been blessed with, and make sure I’m using it how God wants me to.
So starting out, I guess I’ll lump together all my basic thoughts on tithing
- It’s important
- God wants us to do it. We will be blessed in Return
- 10% is the standard, unless you feel God leadig you to give more (Deut 14:22-29)
- We give our first to God, even when it’s hard
- It’s all God’s $ anyway, so whatever happens, He is in control (Lev 27:30)
But I got to thinking…
- Where should it go?
- Does scripture back up every part of the bullets above?
- Does God expect it to go to my home church?
- Does all 10% have to go to the same place?
Things I learned: (disclaimer: I cannot guarantee the answers are correct..these are just my own opinions)
Q: Where should it go?
A: To God, not ootbwc
Plain and simple. I shouldn’t write a check to OOTBWC bc that’s my church, I should write it to OOTBWC because it’s Gods and I’m giving it back to him. I am NOT giving it to the church.. I’m giving it to Him. Him. A church is simply the outlet, or distribution path to the end user. It’s the responsibility of the receiver to make sure it’s used according to God’s will.
Q: Which church should I give it to?
A: The one that’s feeding me.
If you eat in restaurant A, you don’t pay in restaurant B – you give your money to the restaurant you ate in. I read a website that said the same is true with tithing. But what if the restaurant you’re in is serving really crappy food? Shouldn’t you tithe at the place that is feeding you spiritually? (side note: if your church isn’t feeding you spiritually…find another one. Unless God clearly tells you to stay for another purpose of fulfilling his will) So maybe that answers my question. Maybe God doesn’t expect it all to go to my home church, if my home church isn’t feeding me? I don’t want to pretend like I know what God wants, haha. I could be wrong.
Q: Does God expect it to go to my home church?
A: Not necessarily.
Use it wisely. Give to the place that’s feeding you. If that isn’t your own church, maybe that’s not where your tithe should go? I read a website that said if I give my tithe to prop up a dead ministry (or according to Revelation 2-3, a dead church), then my tithe is wasted in poor spiritual ground. Hm. Maybe another reason why it wouldn’t HAVE to go to my home church, if that was the case.
It’s a seed: It’s not the end-product. It’s one domino on the table, one seed that will help grow the entire harvest. That being said, I have to make sure I’m putting my seed into good soil to make sure
the best harvest is sown.
See where God is working, and join in: I should look around me. If I see God working in a certain ministry, I should pray about giving to that ministry.
Obedience is better than sacrifice: When I’m obedient, blessings will come. When I’m disobedient, I will have to sacrifice. 1 Samuel 15:222 says “obedience is better than sacrifice.” We must trust God. If we can’t live off of 90% of our salary, we probably can’t live off of 100%.
Pray First, write later: Don’t jump the gun. Don’t write it because I THINK I’m supposed to. Stop. Pray. See where God wants the money. I need to exercise prayerful judgment, not my own worldly judgment.
I still think tithing is expected of us. I think what I learned most from this little breakdown is to give to the place that God is using to feed me spiritually. Figuring out where I am being fed, coupled with the direction God is giving me through prayer, is how I will decide where my tithe goes. Bottom Line: trust the Big Guy. Give where He wants me to give and don’t stress because He’s always going to take care of me.
1 Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
What do yall think?? Any thoughts? Feel free to disagree with me.