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On Tithing May 4, 2011

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Leviticus 27:30-34
We talk about it a lot. It is ever present on our minds and hearts. We discuss it quietly over lunch with friends. We speak loudly at home with our spouses about it. We agonize over it. We spend much of our time thinking about it and worrying about it. But, we do not like to discuss it in church. It’s money.
The Bible has a lot to say about money. In order to understand it, we need to get it in proper perspective.
Everything belongs to the Lord. He has given us dominion over the earth, but only to tend it and care for it. It is His. The house you live in, the car you drive, your possessions, your spouse, your children; they all belong to the Lord. Yet, we seem to think that we are doing God a favor when we put money in the offering plate. We aren’t. It all belongs to Him. He gives it to us to care for. We simply return a portion to Him of what is already His.
Our wealth and material possessions are no different. God asks for a “tithe.” The word “tithe” means a tenth, ten percent. God could have demanded more since it all belongs to Him anyways. We have so much difficulty relinquishing that much though. Ask anyone you know who gives their tithe to the church if God has ever failed them. The answer will be a resounding, “no.” God owns it all and blesses us for our obedience. For us it is difficult to give up what we can see for what we can’t, but God asks us in faith to trust Him; even with our money.
This is how I do it. A tenth is easy to figure from your check stub. Simply move the decimal over one place to the left. So, if your pay check is $1520.40 your tithe from that check would be $152.04 But, I take it a step further. I believe we can’t out give God. So, I round up to the next higher dollar amount. In this scenario, I would give $153. Even though the .04 cents is not worth worrying about in terms of rounding up, I made a commitment to the Lord to do that. It is easy when the amount is almost another dollar. It is more difficult in a situation like this where it would be easier to round the amount down. But, as a result of this simple increase, I have been blessed and I know you will be too.
Try it and see. Ask those you know that tithe and let them tell you about how God works it out in the details. If you are willing, try it for a period of time; three months, six months, a year, and see what happens.
If you have questions or comments about something you read here today or on another post, feel free to contact me by email : churchconcerns@yahoo.com

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1. terri carroll - June 4, 2011

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