It is customary to tip your waiter 10 % when you go to dinner. It is also customary to tithe your pastor 1/10 of your income but really how many people tithe 10% of their income at church?
A question I get all the time is should we tithe off our gross or net income. The Bible doesn’t specify.
The tithe is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give 10% of everything they earned—or the crops and animals they grew—to the Tabernacle / Temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). Believers in Christ are not commanded to give 10% of their income. Each and every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom as to how much he or she should give (James 1:5). Many people believe that the Old Testament tithe is a good principle for believers to follow. Giving 10% of your income back to God demonstrates your thankfulness to Him for what He has provided and helps you to remember to rely on God instead of on riches.
The Bible does not specifically say whether we should give 10% off our gross or net income. The Old Testament teaches the principle of firstfruits (Exodus 23:16; 34:22; Leviticus 2:12-14; 2 Chronicles 31:5). Old Testament believers gave from the best of their crops, not the leftovers. The same principle should apply to our giving today. Again, a believer should give what he believes God would have him give. It all goes back to the attitude of the heart. Are we giving out of reverence for God or out of selfishness for our own wealth? “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).
With that being said I tell my parishioners to tithe what they want. Even though you’re supposed to tip your waiter 10% how many people actually tip 10% in this economy?
Whether it is believed or not - it's true. God pays his people back more than the measly ten percent they give. A common saying in tithing circles is that "you can't out-give God." Here's what He says in the Bible that he'll do for you if you tithe:
• Meat in God's house
• Open the windows of heaven to pour out blessings
• Rebuke the devourer
• Recognized by all men as blessed by God
Try it. Numerous people who tithe have "unbelievable" stories to which they give
Tithing to God the credit. Surrounded of course, by skeptics who claim, "It would have happened anyway," or "that was because John gave you that car." But, there's no way to prove that God did not touch the heart of John to give the car in the first place.
The great thing about God in this matter is that he gives Christians a choice, as He does in everything. We can choose to believe in Him or not. We can choose to tithe or not. There is no punishment for not tithing, but the rewards of tithing listed above will not be put in to action, resulting in a life of lack.
Yes, there are plenty of people out there with tons of money who don't tithe, Christians and non-believers alike. There are a thousand arguments surrounding this Biblical issue, but there's no need to "fix" what's not broken. It's not meant to be complicated. It's simple - give and it shall be given unto you.