It does not matter what religion you may be, if you attend a church you most likely are asked to tithe. Tithing is typically ten percent of your income. If you simply cannot afford to part with that much, then it is understood and you can tithe what you are able to part with. In every church there will be people who have a little bit extra and those who also struggle to barely put food on the table. This is part of the reason why you tithe. You tithe when you can and seek help for the times that you cannot.
When you tithe you are giving money directly to the church. As all church members know, the church helps those in need. Often churches will have food pantries to help those who cannot purchase their own food. Churches often also open their doors as shelters for those who have nowhere to rest their heads. Many churches provide community outreach and help at assisted living and long-term care homes. The money that you donate helps to keep the church running and helping the community.
Matthew 6:21 says that wherever your treasure is your heart is there also. When you tithe and put ten percent of your earnings into the church that shows that your heart is in the church and helping those who need it. Another wonderful verse about tithing and helping the community is Romans 13:8. This verse says that you let no doubt remain outstanding except for the continuing debt to love one another. Whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The lord wants you to help the community and make a positive change through the church.
It may sometime seem difficult to come up with ten percent to give to the church. You may experience times where you want to go out or on vacations and you know that achieving this would come much quicker if you weren’t giving to the church. There are many bible verses about stewardship of money. While it may be tempting to give less when you have enough to give Hebrews 13:5 reminds why we should give. In this verse we are told to keep our lives free from the love of money. You have to be content with what you have because God has said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” This verse can be taken a few ways. In this verse it brings encouragement to those who are struggling. The church members who may be financially insecure and unsure about how to provide may wonder how they will tithe. This verse also promises security to those members who give to the lord’s house.
Another way this verse can be understood is that those who have plenty will always be able to plan how they want. The lord will make sure that they can fulfill their hopes while they are fulfilling his commands. Tithing should be something that church members are eager and happy to do. This is a way for church members to know that they are sharing their love through God’s command.