Today on D’Circle of Life series, we will talking about the controversy about Tithes and Offerings.
It baffles me why people talk about Tithes in a controversy way, because to me it brings alot of blessings when you have faith in it. It opens doors of blessings to anyone who believes in it. let take a look at the Concept of Tithes and Offerings.
Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.
But is there a difference between tithes and offerings? Yep! And as the giver of those tithes and offerings, you should know how to tell them apart.
The tithe is the first 10 percent of your income that God calls you to give to your local church each month.
An offering is any money you choose to give above and beyond the tithe.
“Tithing is really a form of worship.” So the tithe, which means “tenth,” is a baseline for giving—the bare minimum. It’s a tenth of your monthly income, and it goes specifically to your local church (Malachi 3:10). It’s the first thing you do when you budget your money—before you pay down debt.
Tithing is really a form of worship, because it shows God we trust Him (not money) to provide for us.
Offerings are different. They’re given above and beyond the tithe. The Bible doesn’t command us to give offerings, but it does encourage us to give generously, and offerings—since they aren’t required—reflect the generosity in our hearts.
Here’s the thing about offerings: Unlike tithes, which come out of your budget before anything else, offerings should be given only when you have the financial margin to do so. That means you tithe first and then take care of your own household: your bills, your debt payments, your housing costs, groceries, transportation, and clothing.
After all that is done, and you feel called to give an offering beyond the tithe, feel free! “God loves a cheerful giver.”
In fact, 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Tithes and offerings are different, but they do have one big thing in common: They both work to build your trust in God as your ultimate Provider and decrease your dependence on money. After all, Matthew 6:24 (ESV) tells us, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Tithing is a concept that has created great controversy inside and outside the church. Some people feel like tithing is a slick way for pastors and ministers to get rich. Others feel like tithing is a problem because they don’t know what their church is doing with the money. However, both arguments are false. Tithing has nothing to do with your pastor or your church… tithing is between you and God. Tithing is a way for us to show God that we believe and trust in him. Also, every man of God who is not a good steward with God’s provision will answer too God. anyone but you and God.
Just like Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the most-high God… we must pay our tithes to the King of kings and Priest forever; the Lord Jesus Christ. I challenge you to give God your tithes and offerings in faith. If you do, he will bless you beyond measure. Please try it out.
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