As we come around the time of giving lets look at The Truth About Tithing

Tithing is the practice of donating a regular percentage of our income to support God’s work and your church. The word “tithe” literally means ten percent, which was the traditional amount required in Old Testament times. A common question I get asked is “Why do I have to tithe?” The answer is a simple one. You don’t have to tithe! The Bible makes it very clear that tithing is neither a commandment nor a requirement. Tithing does not affect your salvation either way. You are not more saved if you do tithe or less saved if you don’t. God does not love you more if you tithe and less if you don’t. Since the Bible is basically an instruction manual for life, let’s see what it has to say about tithing:

Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. Thats from 2 Corinthians. 9:7
What Paul says in this verse is “give as he purposes in his heart,” That means that he gives what he himself has decided to give. “Not grudgingly or of necessity” means that he gives it without hesitation or resentment, and he gives it because he wants to, not because he feels like he is required to. The last part says it all: “for God loves a cheerful giver.” This does not mean that God doesn’t love you if you don’t give, it means that He loves it when you give cheerfully.
We must be very careful about what I call “substitution tithing.” I have had people ask me if I think it’s all right to tithe their time instead of their money. I first ask if it’s because they have no money to give. If you’re tithing your time because you literally have no money to give, then that might be all right as long as you tithe ten percent of your time and you do tithe when there is money. Tithing ten percent of your time would mean donating 2.4 hours of time each and every day. In other words, 16.8 hours per week. Anything less than that would probably be an attempt to get off easy while keeping the money.

Most of the time, when people want to tithe something other than money, it’s because the money is more important to them and they don’t want to give it up. They would rather tithe with something less valuable to them. Remember, God said “first fruits,” not leftovers. We are to tithe what is most important to us. And remember its OK to start small and work up to ten percent.

So, according to 2 Corinthians. 9:7, if you aren’t willing to decide on an amount to give, and if you can’t give it happily and because you want to, then just keep it, God doesn’t want it.

God doesn’t need your money.

There is no place in the Bible, that I can find, where God held off on doing His work because He needed more money. God is faithful and will put what we give for His work to good purpose, but He doesn’t require it in order to accomplish His goals. If God wants something to happen, it will happen, He does not wait for enough money to fund it.

God does not require us to tithe or to give, but He does want us to. So If tithing is not required, then why does God want us to do it? Well, for one thing, as Christians we want to become more like God. “God is a giver, so He wants to make us givers too.” The more we give and help others, the easier it becomes for us to do so. We learn to give naturally, willingly and cheerfully. When other people see this quality in us, they are seeing one of God’s qualities through us.

Another reason God wants us to give some of our money to support our church and to help others is because it opens the door to being able to tell others about salvation through Jesus Christ. There have been many times that, after helping people financially, they ask why I did it. I then tell them about Jesus.

Church God promised us that He would bless us for giving and tithing. It may be with material wealth, or it may not, but He did promise that He would, in some way, bless us.

Think about it, pray about it, and seriously consider what God wants you to do when it comes to giving and tithing.