What Is Tithing?
Tithing is the act of giving a tenth of one’s income to support the religious institution to which one belongs. The word “tithe” comes from the Old English word for “ten,” and tithing has been practiced by many religions for centuries. In some cases, tithing is mandatory, while in others it is voluntary. It is an act of worship and obedience that shows our trust in God as our provider. When we tithe, we are putting God first in our lives and acknowledging Him as the source of all our blessings.
There are a variety of reasons why people may choose to tithe. For some, it is a way to show their support for their religious community. Others may tithe as a way to express their thankfulness for what they have been given. Still others may view tithing as a way to ensure that they are living a moral life in accordance with their religious beliefs. Whatever the reason, tithing is a significant act of generosity that can have a positive impact on both the giver and the recipient.
Why Should We Tithe?
The Bible tells us that God is the owner of everything and that we are stewards of His resources. When we tithe, we are acknowledging Him as the true source of our provision and give back to Him what rightfully belongs to Him.
Tithing is an act of obedience that shows our faith in God as our provider. When we give to the Lord, we are expressing our trust that He will meet all our needs.
Tithing is also a way for us to show our thankfulness for all the blessings God has given us. When we give back to God, we are saying “thank you” for all He has done for us.
How Do I Start Tithing?
If you’re not already tithing, the best way to start is simply to begin giving 10% of your income to the Lord. You can do this by setting aside money each month to tithe, or you can give as you receive income (such as from your paycheck).
If you’re not sure how much 10% is, a helpful way to calculate it is to use your after-tax income. This means that you would tithe on the money you have left after paying taxes and other expenses.
For example, if your monthly after-tax income is $3,000, your tithe would be $300 ($3,000 x 10%).
Once you start tithing, be sure to pray and ask God to help you be faithful in your giving. Trust that He will provide for you as you step out in obedience.
As you begin tithing, you may also want to consider setting up a budget. This can help you ensure that you are living within your means and not spending more than you earn. A budget can also help you save money so that you can tithe even more!
What If I Can’t Afford To Tithe?
If you’re struggling to make ends meet, know that God understands your financial situation. He is always willing to provide for His children, even when we don’t have much to give.
That being said, there is no “magic number” when it comes to tithing. Even if you can only afford to give a little bit, know that God is pleased with your obedience.
If you want to tithe but are struggling to do so, consider talking to a financial advisor or counselor. They can help you make a budget and figure out ways to free up money so that you can tithe.
Bottom line: Tithing is an act of worship and obedience that shows our trust in God as our provider. When we give back to God, we are acknowledging Him as the source of all our blessings.
Bible Verses About Tithing
1. Deuteronomy 14:22
Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
2. Genesis 14:20
And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
3. Luke 18:12
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
4. Hebrews 7:5
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
5. Numbers 18:26
Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
6. Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
7. Amos 4:4
Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
8. Leviticus 27:30
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.
9. Nehemiah 12:44
And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.
10. Numbers 18:21
And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
11. Nehemiah 13:10
And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field.
12. Exodus 36:3
And they received of Moses all the offering, which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary, to make it withal. And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning.
13. Genesis 28:22
And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
14. Luke 11:42
But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
15. Nehemiah 10:38
And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
16. Nehemiah 13:12
Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.
17. Malachi 3:8
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
18. Matthew 23:23
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
19. Deuteronomy 16:10
And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
20. Nehemiah 10:37
And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
21. Nehemiah 13:5
And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
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