To Tithe Or Too Tight?

"Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others."

~ Oswald Chambers


“But I’m sick Ma’am,” uttered an inmate worker during an unexpected sick call request. He usually worked 12 hours in the kitchen, preparing foods. Just like others. He thought I would give him a chrono [medical note] for a few days “off-work” status.

“Sorry Sir,” I softly replied. “I heard your physical complaints but I couldn’t find any physical symptoms that would back up your claims. I am not ignoring your request. But how can I put you off of work when all of your vital signs are normal? You’ve been saying you have a cold. But your tonsils and throat are fine. There are no redness.” And the other symptoms I didn’t elaborate explaining. Knowing that they could potentially mimic those symptoms and fake their illness more.

Working for 10 years now in the prison, I have learned the inmate workers’ tactics of pretending to be sick. So they don’t have to work. They don’t want to work. At least, some of them. But not all of them. They are not willing to give their best to learn something that will make them proud. Or make them change their behavior as a result of doing a hard work. So, I have been careful to give “off-work” status.

When it comes to giving, lots of Christians struggle when it comes to “tithing”. While some churches over-emphasize it, others do not want to listen to the biblical exhortations about making this special offering for the Lord.

We are to give as we are able. It may mean giving more or giving less than the 10% we know of. Each one of us should seek the Lord for His wisdom as we participate in tithing or how much to give. [James 1:5 -”If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”]

Offerings should be given with pure motives and with an attitude of worship to God and as 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

So…question is…are you willing to tithe or you’re too tight?


What the people were thinking during offering in a church:

1st man: “Hmm…10% of $455=$45 & 50 cents. But I only have $46 in cash. I wonder if I could take my change in the basket.”

Lady in blue: “God, You’ve been so good to me. Thank You for Your provision in my life.”

Lady in red: “Where does all this money go? Shouldn’t the pastors know that we need softer toilet paper in the bathroom? I think that instead of giving money this week, I’ll buy the toilet paper that I like and give it to the church.”

Woman in black [after the girl]: “Lord, You know my needs. I give this in faith. Please cover my debts and make my car lasts a long time.”

Man with striped tie: “Since I sent my money to that television evangelist this week, I’ll count that as my tithe.”

Girl in pink top: “Lord gave me a dollar and I got to put it in!... Why do we do that anyway?”

Man with brown tie: “As soon as I get out of debt, I’ll start tithing.”

Woman in blue top: “10%? Where does that come from? What happens if I only get 5%? No way! That’s too high!”

Old man in pink shirt: “God, I know You see how much money I’ll give. I hope this pastor will appreciate it.”

Woman in black & white top: “Okay God! You know I’m giving more than the usual 10% this week. So, next week, I’m keeping it all.”

Man in blue shirt: “I cleaned the sanctuary this week. That’s worth about $50. What do you know? That’s 10% of what I make. I’m covered.”

Please visit Spiritual Sundays for other encouraging posts. It is always great to reflect on His love and to see what He is doing in each of His children's hearts. God bless you all.

29 comments:

  1. The question always comes up:
    "Do I give 10% of Gross Earnings or Net Earnings, after taxes?"

    The answer from above:
    "Do you deserve 10% of Gross Blessings or 10% of Net blessings?"

    A total stranger could break into your home this very night, and leave almost everything.
    Why? Because all of us accumulate worthless material. Our homes are filled with waste.
    Look around your place.

    Give away what you do not need.
    Give to homeless, shelters for battered women, prison ministry, Salvation Army, Haiti, anywhere...to do good as stewards.

    Many resent the rich lifestyle of pastors.
    YOU are not held accountable for how tithes are spent. (They are!)
    YOU are held accountable for how tithes are given.

    So give.
    NOT necessarily to a church.
    Christ showed giving, with the message of the Good Samaritan.
    Tithing takes many forms.

    And do not do it for the tax deduction.
    If you do, you have received your heavenly reward already. Why not skip the deduction and see how God treats your tithe one day?

    "But I could give MORE if I use the tax rules", you say.

    I say "It is no longer YOU giving when you do this; it is the government tithing".

    Be generous, for what goes around, comes around. Be generous if NOTHING comes around.

    Your generosity becomes a spiritual blessing to others. God's eyes search the Earth for such activity still.

    Ten lepers healed; ONE comes back and says: "I just want to thank you for what you did for me".
    Christ replied: "Were not ten of you healed? Where are the other nine?"

    Be a ten every time.
    The ratio of gratitude was noted by Christ in the leper story, and will be noted again in end times.

    Folks don't tithe.
    Folks won't tithe.
    Be an encourager to others to tithe, by generously doing the same.

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  2. That is a very powerful post. I had never seen that video before. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. As always Rosel, great posts and thoughts to ponder. I seem to always give more than 10%. Blessings.

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  4. Pressed down, shaking together and running over!
    Thank you dear sister for the reminder.
    Such a moving video.
    Have blessed weekend.

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  5. Wonderful post and one that all of us need to be reminded of. Another thing we should remind ourselves when we think we "give so much!" is that we can NEVER, EVER out give God. Amen.

    Hugs and thank you for stopping by. I hope the rest of your weekend is blessed and wonderful.

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  6. Very interesting, Dear ~ I know God does love a cheerful giver. Have a blessed weekend.

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  7. John Wesley was one of the great evangelists of the 18th Century, born in 1703. In 1731 he began to limit his expenses so that he would have more money to give to the poor. In the first year his income was 30 pounds and he found he could live on 28 and so gave away two. In the second year his income doubled but he held his expenses even, and so he had 32 pounds to give away (a comfortable year's income). In the third year his income jumped to 90 pounds and he gave away 62 pounds. In his long life Wesley's income advanced to as high as 1,400 pounds in a year. But he rarely let his expenses rise above 30 pounds. He said that he seldom had more than 100 pounds in his possession at a time.

    This so baffled the English Tax Commissioners that they investigated him in 1776 insisting that for a man of his income he must have silver dishes that he was not paying excise tax on. He wrote them, "I have two silver spoons at London and two at Bristol. This is all the plate I have at present, and I shall not buy any more while so many round me want bread."

    When he died in 1791 at the age of 87, the only money mentioned in his will was the coins to be found in his pockets and dresser. Most of the 30,000 pounds he had earned in his life had been given away. He wrote,

    I cannot help leaving my books behind me whenever God calls me hence; but in every other respect, my own hands will be my executors.

    In other words, I will put a control on my spending myself, and I will go beyond the tithe for the sake of Christ and his kingdom. (Quotes from Mission Frontiers, Sept./Oct. 1994, nos. 9-10, pp. 23-24.)

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  8. Another powerful post! I am blessed to be your friend. THANK YOU!!
    Hugs and prayers,
    andrea

    Hope you have an awesome weekend fulfilling GODS call! Sending prayers! You are always on my mind on the weekends! I know you are "on duty."

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  9. Hi Rosel,
    Another powerful post! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. Hi you all! Thank you for visiting me. I love John Wesley bro. Ike. Thank you for sharing that awesome story.
    To me, it's not about the tithe but of the tither, not about the gifts but of the giver, not about the possession but of the possessor. How can we hold back anything from the One Who gave everything we have in the first place?
    God bless you all. And yes, I will remember to be a "10" Keystone.
    Happy Sunday to all of you. God bless all of you!

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  11. What interesting thoughts. Someone has said that the only money we can keep is what we give away. It is still more blessed to give than to receive although receiving is good too. God has given me more than I could ever give back to him.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  12. Isn't it amazing that God has never increased what we are to give Him? It is still only 10%. The Creator of the universe has never gotten a cost of living raise. :)

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  13. Wow, speak it sis. Very powerful, love you.

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  14. What a powerful video. We should play this at our church.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  15. interesting video. Great post as usual. Have a great rest of the weekend. Stay strong and safe. sarah

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  16. Thanks for the reminder. So many people sturggle with thithing.

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  17. Precious Sister,

    This is a wonderful post. I know of a person who didn't have any money to tithe one time and put a ring in the basket. This person truly wanted to give and gave what was on hand (literally).

    Love you my friend,
    Alleluiabelle

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  18. If He truly has your heart the issue of your pocketbook and your time is nil.

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  19. Rosel, As always you bring up things to make us think about what is in our hearts. Thank you for great post. Carol

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  20. Excellent post. One of the first books I will be reviewing on my blog this year is TITHING from Thomas Nelson publishers.

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  21. R. G. LeTeurno was very blessed by the Lord. He gave 90% of his income and lived off 10%. What a testimony to God's faithfulnes.

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  22. Thanks for this post. I adored the Oswald Chambers quote. May we each be faithful and give as we believe God is directing us.

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  23. so much confusion over a task that we as christians should all ready have in our lives.

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  24. Hi Rosel, came on by just to tell you that I was thinking about you and praying for you this evening. Thank you for sharing with us today and thank you for having a HEART for the LORD. You're a beautiful presence in the Kingdom!

    Hugs and love!

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  25. Rosel,
    Thank you for sharing that very interesting video. I think it should be shown in every church at some point in the year. Too many people don't understand tithing. I am a consistant tither and I trust the Lord to care for me.


    Blessings,
    Jean

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  26. Very good! I loved how you started off with Chambers and then painted a picture for us with the prison story!
    Thanks,
    LeAnn

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  27. Tithing is more than a blast when we truly are trusting God for all that we have and thankful for being able to give back to help others come to know Him in the same way. But it is so very hard if it is seen as an obligation or tradition that is expected by God when we are not even sure if we are going to be taken care of ourselves. It is all a matter of knowing the care of our Father! And living in the overflow of it! :) Great post again, Rosel.

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  28. I have some bloggy love for you over at my place. :)

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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