5 Reasons that We Tithe

*I want to note before I begin this post, that I recognize that tithing can be a delicate issue. I’m not here to start a debate nor am I looking for anyone to try to convince me that tithing isn’t for today. I’ve seen the blessing of tithing in our lives far too many times to be convinced to change my mind. Along those same lines, I absolutely LOVE to give not only to God’s work and to those in need.

God is by nature a giver, isn’t he? He has given to us freely since time began. He has given us life. Without him, we won’t even be here. He gives us breath each day and he sent his Son to die for our sin.

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Because the Bible says that we are made in the image of God, (Genesis 1:27) and God’s very nature is giving, I believe we, who are followers of Christ, are called to be givers as well.

First, I’d like to look at the definition of the tithe. (Taken from Dictionary.com)

Tithe

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

I grew up in a Christian home and began tithing at a young age. I didn’t really question it as a child because I just really liked giving my little nickel or dime. As a teenager, I did question tithing, but I continued to tithe anyway. I had all kinds of things I wanted to buy. Come on, why should I give my money to the church? Yet, I loved Jesus so I kept on giving my tithe.

During Bible College, however, I stopped tithing for a time because my finances were so tight.

Interestingly, enough, I also experienced the worst financial difficulties of my life. Maybe that was related to not tithing. Maybe not.

Here are 5 of the Reasons that we Tithe

#1: We want to be a part of what God is doing.

1 Corinthians 9:13-14 (NLT)  Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings.  In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.

#2: We believe that all we have belongs to God already.

We are so blessed that we want to be able to give back to God.

1 Chronicles 29:12, 14 (NLT)  Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion, people are made great and given strength. But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!

#3: We’ve seen tithing work!

My husband and I have consistently put tithing at the top of our budget. We don’t think about doing anything else, nor do we even talk about cutting that number. There have been times that to tithe didn’t make mathematical sense, but God has always made a way!

Mr. Billy Graham has said:

“We have found in our own home, as have thousands of others, that God’s blessing upon the nine-tenths, when we tithe, helps it to go farther than ten-tenths without His blessing.”

This is exactly what we have seen happen in our home time and time again.

#4: We want to be good stewards of what God has given us.

“Wise people know that all their money belongs to God.” – John Piper

Because God has blessed us so richly, we want to give back to him. We don’t want to spend all our money on things. We want to spend our money on what God would have us spend it on. We want to further his kingdom. We want to see his work done in the world around us.

#5: We want to lay up treasures in heaven.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT) “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

In Conclusion

Our giving shouldn’t be limited to money.

Serving in the church, serving our families, our neighbors, and our friends are all forms of giving. To make someone a pie or a meal is giving. Giving away your children’s clothing to a needy family is also giving.

If you’ve ever wondered if you could afford to tithe, I want to tell you that it’s worked for us. It has, at times, taken a real surrender of my heart, but I’m always glad when I let it go.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NIV) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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.

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26 thoughts on “5 Reasons that We Tithe

  1. I love this, Rosanna. Being a pastor’s wife and in ministry for years, tithing holds a tender place in my heart. We can’t out give God and it all does belong to Him as you so beautifully stated. Not just money, but resources, talent, gifting, and so much more. Amen and thanks for the reminder! Blessings!

    1. Karen, I love how you said that we can’t out-give God. That’s so very true! I dream of giving more and more all the time. God has been testing that resolve by asking me to give sacrificially at times. I love that he’s showing me that I need to start now. Blessings to you as well!

  2. Thanks for gracious and God-honoring words. No matter what construct we use to get giving to God into our hearts and our regular routine, we know for sure that God loves a cheerful giver!

  3. I love this! So beautifully and thoughtfully written on a sometimes touchy subject. Thank you for helping megrow my faith a little bit!

  4. From our first married years till now (33 years later) we’ve seen and felt the power of tithing. And you’re so right – the mathematics didn’t always make sense, but the impact was always there.The fruit of giving, whether it be with money or time/effort, as long as it’s with an open heart, and to God’s glory, shows up in so many small and large ways.

    I appreciate very much how you’ve broken tithing out into those 5 points. Thank you!

    1. Lori, it is such a blessing to hear your story of faithful tithing for 33 years! My husband and I are just coming upon our 15th anniversary and I look forward to being able to share the same testimony you just did! Blessings to you!

  5. My husband and I also tithe regularly, and with a joyful heart. We follow Dave Ramsey’s budget, and tithing has always been a part of that. I love the reasons you give, especially wanting to be a part of what God is doing!

    1. I love that you also follow Dave Ramsey’s Budgeting! We do as well and though we tithed before we followed his budget, the budget has helped the tithing feel a lot easier!

  6. “God is by nature a giver.” That’s something we all can agree on! Thanks for sharing your experiences, Rosanna. You’re right that our personal experiences aren’t anything that others can argue with. I agree with Karen that we can never outgive God!

  7. Rosanna, I agree with you, tithing is so important. My husband and I have also experienced the blessings that come from tithing. Thank you so much for being brave enough to talk about this topic, it is one that can make people act a little funny. Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday today. See you next week!

  8. You have addressed what can sometimes be a delicate issue in the Christian community beautifully! I know my attitude towards giving back to God in tithes and offerings has directly reflected where my heart is in terms of trusting and obeying Him. Thanks for sharing this encouraging and scriptural post with your readers!

    1. Yes, Wendy, I believe that when we can trust God with our money, we can trust and obey in everything else as well!

  9. Thank you for writing such a great post filled with truth! In studying Leviticus (one of my favorite books of the Bible) I saw that God wants the “fat”… our best and first. When we come to really know that everything belongs to Him, it becomes our joy to entrust it back to Him.

    1. Abby, it’s so true that everything really belongs to God. When we trust in him, it becomes easier to give with joy back to him.

  10. Hi Rosanna, thank you for sharing what you truly believe! Yes, I have witnessed the miracle of tithing in my personal life.
    God is a Giver,…yes, most certainly.
    God bless dear friend

    1. Ifeoma, I’m glad to hear that you’ve witnessed the miracle of tithing, too! God’s richest blessings to you as well.

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