Tithing is the Biblical system of returning 10 per cent of your “increase”—profits, wages, salary, etc.—to God’s storehouse. It’s a somewhat controversial topic across Christianity.
Some, who argue that tithing was only for the Jews and that today we are called to give our “all” for God, often end up returning far less than 10 per cent to Him, while other Christians meticulously return an exact 10 per cent tithe—even on the estimated value of gifts they receive—but have little interest in caring for the poor or refugees, or showing mercy to others.
Jesus Himself said that we should do both—return an honest tithe and actively uphold justice, mercy and faith.
Jesus Himself said that we should do both—return an honest tithe and actively uphold justice, mercy and faith (Matthew 23:23). And God told Moses that “all the tithe of the land . . . is holy to the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30, 34).
From years of testing God, as instructed to in Malachi 3:8-12, I’ve become a firm believer in tithing, and I’m not alone. The families whose surnames are now the brands Heinz, Kraft, Woolworths, Wrigley, Hershey and Colgate were all faithful tithers.
I encourage you, as Jesus did, to return a faithful tithe so that the everlasting gospel can be shared far and wide.
Ask yourself honestly: Are my tithes in proportion to my blessings?
Julian Archer is the author of Help! I’ve Been Blessed! and writes from Toowoomba, Queensland.