Week-End Reflection

By Rosalba | Jul 17, 2014

“Tithing: Who, What, Where, When, How, …Why?”

For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required… Luke 12: 48(AMP)

Everyone needs to be careful in today’s unsteady economy, myself included. Yet, I also believe many have gone thru the motions of throwing some odd amount(even change-YIKES!) into the church basket during the offering not really giving much thought into the importance of giving, or”Tithing”-thinking they are righteous religious folk for just being there. I mean while all their friends are golfing or sleeping they think:”look at me, I’m in church! I sacrificed my only free morning…” I understand, I’ve been there too and sometimes still feel prideful for just showing up-until I get there and get correctly adjusted.

However, if we are to be true Christians, I mean not taking this faith as a mere week-end ritual but rather as a lifestyle-A LIFE, then we should at least look at some scripture and see what God has to say about giving and receiving. I think the biggest surprise for me in my walk thus far is realizing how much blessing I receive from being faithful in every aspect of my life including financially. Luke 6:38 states: Give and gifts will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into the bosom. For with the measure you deal out[with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others],will be measured back to you.(AMP)

What is Tithing? A tenth part of one’s income. Monetarily, it’s a dime out of each dollar.

What I’m finding is there are many schools of thought about whether to tithe, how much, how often, etc. I like what Paul writes in II Corinthians9:7-10: Let each one give as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves(He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful(joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver[whose heart is in his giving]. And God is able to make all grace(every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient[possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; he gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! And God Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness[which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].(AMP)

“Active goodness, kindness, and charity.” There is something that stirs up inside of me when I hear the words “Active Goodness.” What Christian wouldn’t want to be part of developing a christ-like heart? God will provide me with all my resources. This I know first hand. When there was no way God found a way for me in the past, because I asked Him just as a daughter would ask her father in full child-like faith. God would provide-and He did, has, and will.

We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are to be part of the solution, not the problem. I know people on both sides of the “giving wall”. Some are just plain cynical & fearful about giving to any charitable organization because they do not believe their hard earned money will go to those whom need it. Others say they have their “own problems.” Some are well off & would frankly rather give to the “Mall” god. On the other side, there are those who give so much they carry others their whole lifetime. Or they may give out of guilt & shame over past sins and as some attempt to “Buy” their way into God’s good grace. These of course are all extreme examples, nevertheless reality. Perhaps we would give more often than just at Christmas or during a natural disaster if we took into consideration that we are all hear by His Grace in the first place. It’s by Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice that we even have the free will to question, consider, ponder, and hold “our” money tight in our grip until we “feel”moved about giving anything at all. Tithing, contributing, donating, we should look at it first as honoring and following God’s will. To show our faith in Him. Then we should remember it is an investment back into ourselves. Let us ask this question to see where our priorities lay; When things are tight, which would you consider cutting first-cable or giving? I believe in what and where we choose to place our values in is one of the most important trials we face. We are ultimately going to answer to God.

By the way, GOD DOES NOT NEED OUR MONEY! He is not looking at how much we give as much as if we are giving out of our hearts. I believe we can only claim ignorance for so long. If there is a need we can meet and we choose to be inactive in our giving-whether it’s of our time, money, prayers- then it turns into the arrogant, callous sin of indifference, and nothing will cost you more than living out of God’s will.

*Original article published September 21, 2008

Rosalba

Publisher, Fellowship Page

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