Tithing is a biblical practice. It is not a modern invention, nor is it exclusive to the Church. Every nation was required by God to tithe, and this principle can be found in all the religions of the world.
The word “tithe” literally means “a tenth part” and refers to 10% of your income being given as an offering back to God. Many people wonder if they should tithe under today’s economic conditions. The answer is simple: Yes! Jesus never said that tithing should only take place during prosperous times; however, He did say that we should always be faithful with our finances (Matthew 6:1-4). And as Christians, our first priority must always be pleasing Him—not men or even ourselves (Romans 12:1-2). Therefore, let us go forward with confidence knowing that He will guide us in every area of life including finances!
What Did Jesus Say About Tithing
1. Jesus encouraged his followers to give openly and freely.
Jesus encouraged his followers to give openly and freely. He told a story of a widow who gave more than the rich man. Jesus said that this woman gave her last two coins, while the rich man only gave half of his money—and still, he was rebuked by God for not giving all that he owned.
Jesus also told his followers to give freely and openly, without conditions or strings attached: “Give, and it will be given to you…for with what measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
Jesus made it clear that God’s people should give directly to him in response to their love for him, not through an intermediary church organization or other human institution: “You can’t serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
2. Even the poor widow gave more than those who had plenty.
The Bible tells us that Jesus once taught a parable about two men who went to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee began his prayer by thanking God for all His blessings, then said he would show his gratitude by giving more than what was required as an offering each year. However, when it came time to give his tithe (a tenth of what he earned), he only gave one-third of what had been required because he didn’t think he could afford it or didn’t feel like giving more than the minimum amount.
In contrast, the tax collector stood behind him in line at the temple and prayed openly: “God be merciful to me, for I am not able to lift up my face toward heaven; for I am a sinner” (Luke 18:13). He then went on to say how much more thankful he would be if God would remove this sin from him as opposed to just forgiving it like everyone else did! In addition, instead of giving only one-third of what had been required from him as an offering each year as most people did during those times (and still do today), this man decided that since Jesus saved him from going down into hell with all sinners—including those who refused ever repenting their sins—then surely Jesus must have something better planned out for him than just being forgiven later on someday after death!
3. The church was not built upon tithing but upon the sacrifice of being a living testimony.
When Jesus said, “the church was not built upon tithing, but upon the sacrifice of being a living testimony” he meant that the church was not built on tithing and sacrifices of money. He also said that he did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. His words mean that we do not have to give 10 percent of our income as a tithe or sacrifice for anything except for what God tells us to do.
We should be willing to give up all that we own in order to follow Christ and obey his commandments (Mark 10:21). This includes giving our time and talents toward building up God’s kingdom on earth as well as supporting missionaries who tell others about how they can find salvation through Christ’s blood shed at Calvary. If someone gives part of their income away while keeping another part for themselves then they are robbing themselves of having enough resources available when times get tough because if they only had half their money left then there wouldn’t be enough left over after paying bills etc.
4. We are called to be a living sacrifice and to lay our lives down for God in every area.
The Bible is full of sacrifices, from the sacrifice of Abraham’s son Isaac to God to Cain’s offering of vegetables to God when Abel offered a lamb. In these and many other stories, we see that there is an important relationship between sacrifice and worship. As Christians today, we know that Jesus came to earth as a living sacrifice for us all (1 Peter 2:24). When we choose to give up our lives for him wholeheartedly and without reservation, we are acting out this same kind of total surrender to God.
When Jesus calls us all to be living sacrifices who lay down their lives for him in every area—whether it’s in prayer or giving or serving others—it means he wants us to be willing to lay down everything else until nothing remains but for him alone!
5. Being one who gives is a mindset that shows who your heart is truly serving.
Giving is an attitude, it shows your heart is truly serving God. It’s not about the money you give, but rather the mindset that goes with it. Giving to God isn’t a one-time thing, it should be done consistently throughout our lives. The Bible says “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21) Your treasure is what you value most in life—what you spend most of your time thinking about or working toward.
To show that God has priority in your life, we need to keep giving back to him through tithing and offerings as part of our regular worship services as well as outside of church activities like missions trips or providing meals while someone’s sick in their home instead of playing video games all day long even though they might have plenty of money left over after paying bills at the end of each month because they’ve been saving up all year long instead of making sure their savings account has enough cash flow before taking any vacations with family members during summer vacation time period which can cause financial stress if not handled properly…
6. Be careful who you serve and give your heart to, for you can not serve two masters
You Can’t Serve Two Masters. You will either love one, and hate the other; or else you will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money).
Which one do you love more? Which one do you desire to give your heart to? If it is money that is ruling your life then Jesus said: Be careful who you serve and give your heart to, for you can not serve two masters: God or mammon (money). Your loyalty has been divided between two masters.
You are a slave of money if it rules over your life. Money becomes a master in your life when it takes control over every decision that is made in the day-to-day living out of our lives as Christians.
A tithe is a tenth of your income, and it’s something that you should be thinking about as part of your finances. However, we must remember that the Bible does not specifically tell us to give a certain amount of money each month or even year. Instead, God wants us to do what’s best for us financially so we can make ends meet while still giving generously when asked by others. In addition, Christians are called by God to take care of their families first before giving away any extra funds they may have left over after living expenses have been taken care