What is tithing?
Tithing means giving 10% of the fruits of your labours “back to God” from whence it came.
Originally tithe barns where created to store tithed goods at harvest time. These stores were then used to help those in need, or during famines or other difficult times. In modern terms the “fruits of labour” are now monetary, so today a tithe means giving 10% of any money that comes in back to the source of ones spiritual inspiration. Usually a church or spiritual institution.
A tithe is not a donation, or a gift, these are chosen, and given where and when we want. A tithe is a commitment, given regularly, monthly or weekly as money comes in. We don’t see if we can afford to tithe, we pay the tithe like any other financial obligations we may have. We don’t direct where the money goes, that is God’s part, our part is to give that crucial 10% of our money.
This is where the challenge lies. With all spiritual development, growth is directional. We try to meet the challenge where we are, we do what we can do without judgement or guilt, we just keep trying to learn how to cooperate with spiritual law. Our efforts keep us in the flow of God’s loving presence, which then magnetically pulls us ever closer to our goal.
Giving increases our faith, it helps us to trust God in everything, even with our money. When we allow God into all aspects of our lives, anything is possible. When Christ said, “I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples asked, “Who then can be saved? Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Experiment with God and allow a flow of abundance and joy into your life by choosing a percentage you want to tithe every month and see what happens!