Girl to Girl Talk: Do I Still Have to Tithe Even on a Low Income or Budget?
Written by Christi Given | August 31, 2015
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section and the social media pages of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
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Recently, a PI Girl asked on our Facebook page if she still needed to tithe on a low income or no budget. Typically, I answer questions from the Girl Talk forum, but I thought this was a pretty good question and also a valid one that should be addressed.
Some Christians may have differing views on whether or not a believer should tithe EXACTLY 10 percent of their income or what they have from their heart (Genesis 14:20). I am a believer that God looks at your heart, your motive, your intentions, but also gives us the Word of God as a measuring rod. God asks us for $1 out of every $10, which is not a lot, and it was God’s blessing for us to begin with, amen?
“And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (Genesis 14:20)
Some people have big issues with the church asking for money, but the truth is we need to gather resources for God’s Kingdom to be able to bless and assist our communities. How can we feed people if we don’t have the money for food? Most churches have a budget and need to provide their building with electricity, running water for restrooms, and a food bank if they help the homeless or needy in their town. We need a revelation on giving and not look to it as a chore or worry about people keeping it for themselves (which is between that person and God), but we need to be concerned with what God’s Holy Word says in the Bible.
In the Old Testament, the Lord required a “tithe” (which means one-tenth). In the New Covenant, or New Testament, one-tenth is suggested, but there are several examples of tithing being a free gift and not so much about HOW MUCH, but WHY? Why do we give? What is your motive? Is it to feel good that you gave? Is it to feel like you’re paying God off for your sin? (Which, by the way, was paid in FULL by the blood of Jesus at Calvary.) Or do you give in secret without the acknowledgment of man because you GENUINELY want to give back to God’s house and mission because you get it? I hope and pray you get a revelation on giving back to God not out of religion, but out of gratitude.
I could never personally repay God for sending His Son Jesus (the awaited Messiah) to die for all of my sins. I could never repay God for sending Jesus (Emmanuel) to die for sins He didn’t commit on this earth, so that I could live in ETERNITY with God forever when I didn’t deserve it. If anything, I am indebted to God because of this “scandalous grace” (as Hillsong United, the worship band, puts it), amen?
PI Girls, whether you have a lot or a little, are you a giver? Or are you stingy? I remember Pastor Carl Lentz of New York City saying, “Stingy poor, stingy rich….” If you can’t give little out of your little, how do you expect God to bless your seed? If a farmer doesn’t plant a seed, he won’t reap a crop. Same goes for us. Why sure, God is Jehovah (provider) and will supply ALL of your needs according to His riches and glory, but He can BLOW YOUR MIND when you tithe by faith (Proverbs 4:19).
Watch what God will do. I am not saying this for you to get something out of giving, but in Micah chapter 3 (a well-quoted Bible verse on giving), it is the ONLY place God says you can put Him to the test. God says test me on your giving and I will open the windows of heaven…and you won’t have room to store your blessings! Wow, who wouldn’t want to be blessed? Well, guess what, PI Girls? It does cost us something, and that is called faith. The Bible says over and over that the righteous “just shall live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38).
But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. (Hebrews 10:38)
When Abraham almost sacrificed his son like God sacrificed Jesus, it was a picture of God sending Jesus…even GOD GAVE (John 3:16). The Bible says that Abraham’s faith was credited as righteousness. Do you want to be righteous? It isn’t by your actions, it isn’t by stopping this or that—no, it is by faith! When we walk in the Spirit, we will WANT to obey. Why? Because GOD is SO GOOD and He is WORTHY! He is always faithful, even when we are not. I pray this changes your perspective on giving.
I understand having a lot and a little, but guess what, girls? I sowed into Nicole, and now look (Ephesians 3:20)! I get to write for my dear friend Nicole and partner with her and God in ministry…that is what God is talking about! He will do BEYOND what you even ask when you obey and follow His Holy Word. So excited for you to see how GOOD God is! May you be blessed today in Jesus’ name.
God knows your heart. It isn’t so much how much you give, but the sacrifice and the obedience with which you give. Read about the widow who gave most of what she had, which was more than all the rich rulers gave, because she had less (Mark 12:44). God sees the cost it is to you and He will honor it. Don’t worry, but rather give with a cheerful heart.
Jesus loves you so much, PI Girls! If you have any other questions, comment below or find me on social media!
They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on. (Mark 12:44)
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:1-4)
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