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I will be completely honest: I’ve haven’t been giving my money to God like I did before. Ever since leaving my first job, I’ve held onto every penny I made because I needed to “pay off debt.” Well, honestly, not much debt has been paid off and instead, I’ve been blowing my money. Now that I have a full-time job, you would think I’m tithing again right? Wrong. I’ve been wasting my money on frivolous things!
I contemplated a lot over whether or not I should tithe while I’m still in debt. Part of me thinks I shouldn’t be giving someone else’s money to God, but part of me thinks I should give anyway so God can bless me.
For Christians, tithing is not a requirement. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that you need to give God 10% of your money in order to enter Heaven, which is great news. Now, God does tell us that giving “our” money– really, it’s His money that He gave to us– back to Him will allow Him to bless us even more. The Bible also says it’s hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of heaven, and well, I’m rich (not rich in the sense you would think, but rich as compared to the rest of the world.)
I found this post about my “tithing” (or in my case, giving consistently) and how God blessed me through it. It was a great reminder of how God used the money I gave back to Him to bless me even more.
Will I be giving a 10% tithe? Not at this point in my life. Right now, I can barely pay my bills. But, I will be giving consistently when I can. It doesn’t matter to God how much you give him, just that you do it with a cheerful heart. (It makes me think of the story of the widow with two coins.)
You don’t have to give money to tithe. You can tithe your time by volunteering (I volunteer in the children’s ministry at church) or by donating things (I double-coupon so I can stock my church’s food pantry for cheap.)