Something that I struggle with, aside from anxiety, is tithing. A tithe is basically a tenth, but the idea is so much more than that.
God has done so much for me. I can’t even begin to tell you how much He’s done for me and in the end, He doesn’t ask for much in return. He gave us a free gift, but the choice to accept that gift and everything that comes with it lies with us.
Think of it like this: Someone offers you a free puppy. No strings attached. But you know that if you take that puppy home, you’re going to be responsible for it. God’s gift of salvation is a bit like that. You don’t have to accept it, but if you do, you’re going to be responsible for the care of that gift.
Part of the care of that gift is tithing. Tithing just means that you are giving back to God what is His to begin with. But He’s not asking for all of it, just a tenth. Ten percent. 1 dime for every dollar. Granted a dime doesn’t seem like much, but when you start getting up to $500, that’s $50 for a tithe. That’s a lot of money, especially when you’re not used to having that much.
So why should I tithe to God? It’s not like He’s going to Heaven’s mall to shop for new shoes or anything. So, again, why?
Well, there’s a couple reasons. Let’s set aside the fact that it is a command (it is) and look at a couple of other things. First of all, the tithe was supposed to be used for the care and upkeep of those that God called to preach. These days, I’ve noticed that most Christian preachers have side jobs other than preaching. Because let’s face it. Unless you’re a pastor of a mega-church, you aren’t making a lot being a pastor. The tithe was suppose to help that.
But even more than that, I believe that tithing is a true step of faith. Sure, you can keep your money in your pocket, or use it to buy that Cool New Thing (TM). Some people don’t tithe because they have bills to pay. But giving it to God? I know it leaves me feeling panicky because what if I need that money?
However, God calls on us to trust in Him. That’s another big, scary word. Trust. I trust very few people in my life. I mean fully, 100% trust. God knows what He’s doing. You may not, but He does. And He likes it when you can trust Him so completely that you’re willing to give your money over to Him. Funny how that works. I leave my life in His hands without blinking an eye, but money? Haha.
God wants us to trust Him and tithing is a pretty big way of saying exactly that.