“7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NLT)
Note: This is part two of a short series on stewardship and giving. You can find the first 5 questions here: “10 Stewardship Questions – Part 1“.
- Ok, let’s say I agree with you about the tithe. Should I give it from my gross income or my take home (net) income?
- This is a very common question among those who practice tithing. My own perspective is that it should come from the gross as Scripture indicates to honor God with your first fruits (Proverbs 3:9). Also, taxes are taken off the top and I have decided that I won’t give to God any less than I give to Caesar.
- Can I consider my donations to other charities part of my tithe?
- My opinion is that these donations fall under the category of offerings which are given from surplus and are separate from the tithe. The tithe should be focused on supporting the local church. Any other offerings would be on top of that.
- At what age should a person begin to tithe?
- First of all, I believe children should be taught how to handle money. This should include the concept of pay for work (e.g, from doing chores). As they earn money, they should learn the concepts of spending, saving, and giving. As they get older, I would say tithing begins as a regular income is established.
- Let’s say I get an inheritance. Do I need to give a tithe out of that?
- My understanding is that we are commanded to give as our income grows from our work (2 Cor 8: 9-13). An inheritance would fall under the category of a gift so I would probably not tithe out of that. However, I think if you want to tithe or give to be a blessing to your church that’s fine too. You can never out give God.
- What’s in it for me?
- This is the best part. First, you will get to experience the joy of giving. God is the great Giver and He has given His best to us. When we give, we are simply emulating our Heavenly Father. Second, when you support the work of your church, you get to participate in the great adventure of doing God’s work. Finally, when you give to help others, you put love and compassion into action.The purpose of getting your money management under control, the purpose of building wealth is so you can share the blessings with others. Trust me, it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
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“God is a God of grace. His grace provides strength to earn, generosity to give, and humility to receive.”
Dr. David Jeremiah