Tithing is for those who want more life, freedom, and resources. Tithing is for those seeking God's favor and blessing in every area of their lives. It is an investment of time, money, and talent in your spiritual growth and the advancement of God's Kingdom. When you commit to a consistent tithing schedule, it demonstrates that you are committed to your spiritual growth.
Connecting the dots between a Godly mindset and a money mindset
Tithing is an act of faith that shows we trust God to provide for our needs. Tithing is a mindset we take on when we live Godly lives. It is a lifestyle of giving back to God what belongs to Him. I know how it feels to struggle and think that tithing would only add to financial struggles. But once you start tithing, you will see the difference in your finances. When you tithe first, you invite God into your financial management. You are putting your faith into action and connecting with God's power to manifest the promises of His Word.
Challenges of paying tithes and offerings
What if the reason why we feel so much pain when it comes to tithing is that we are trying to fulfill an obligation? When it comes to tithing, you have choices. You can give because you have to or because you want to. The first kind of giving is painful, and the second kind is joyful.
So let each one give as he purposes in
his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity;
for God loves a cheerful giver.
- 2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV
When the economy is down and bills start accumulating, it can be easy to stop paying tithes. Maybe you're afraid of being unable to meet your financial obligations. Keep in mind that tithing is an act of faith. God's Word has assurances to meet all of our needs.
I used to think tithing was just a way churches could get more money. I know the seemly constant request for tithes has caused some church hurts. Members of a congregation are giving and see the pastor prospering, yet they have not seen the fruits of seeds they have planted. If you are in this situation, perhaps go deeper into the Word for yourself, check-in with the Holy Spirit, and pray for healing in this area. A subtle mindset shift may help; we are tithing to Father God, not His ministers or the church.
Tips for getting started
Cutting 10% from your income might seem impossible, but it is possible. Here are some practical tips to help you get started.
- Find an accountability partner.
If you want to tithe, be serious about it. Find someone who will hold you accountable for your commitment. Perhaps there is a friend or family member that you could check in with every month.
- Start slow and build up over time.
If tithing is new to you, start by giving 1-3% of your income, then increase the amount over time as you grow in your faith and financial health. Soon you will reach 10%.
- Give your tithe before you spend on yourself.
When you get paid, make your tithe the first payment from your check. Do not pay other bills first, and then hope you have enough to pay your tithe.
- Make tithing part of your self-care routine.
The definition of self-care is taking action to maintain or improve your health. Tithing will have a significant impact on your spiritual health.
Tithing does not have to be a struggle; there are many practical ways to make it work for you. If you are not tithing yet, I hope this post inspired you to start now.
What, if anything, is holding you back from tithing? I would love to hear in the comments below or send me a DM @p31virtues on Instagram.