What If Everyone Tithed?
Would you describe yourself as a generous person?
Would your friends, family, and neighbors say the same about you?
Studies show that those who habitually give, started giving in their teens or early twenties – AND usually have less debt. But the church of America gives less today than during the Great Depression….. and carries a LOT more debt.
The tithe, or a 10% offering, is not required in the New Testament, but generosity is. Some people think that because tithing isn’t a “commandment”, then they’re off the hook and don’t have to give at all. I used to be one of those people. I was reluctantly giving the national average of 2.6%…and happy about that!
But what I learned from God’s word is that this mindset was wrong. Giving is much more than an obligation. It reveals the condition of the heart and shows where our true treasure is.
Sharing our resources doesn’t make sense from a worldly perspective, but it demonstrates obedience and respect of God’s commands.
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
He knew giving is beneficial because it affects our hearts. And, if we’re sensitive to the Spirit’s leading, we’ll eventually delight in giving where he directs.
Paul said it this way,
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
What if all believers tithed? We’d see our churches funding the great commission by cheerful givers. Churches and families would take on the responsibility of caring for the poor, widows, and orphans. Imagine what would happen in your family! Your church! Your community!
So where do you start? With a plan!! Download the free Money Map to help you. It’ll will guide you on how to make, and reach, financial goals, like giving, saving, and getting out of debt. Download your free map at crown.org/moneymap