Even if I don’t have a day job, I never felt in lack. It is true then that the more you give, the more you receive.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
– Luke 6:38 NIV
In my college years, I heard the testimony of a married couple about tithing. The wife shared that it’s not in their nature to tithe until one day, her husband was hospitalized. They were led to a realization that the amount of their hospital bills was more or less the same amount they robbed from God.
That’s when I started embracing the concept of tithing.
But what is tithing? I believe that it is:
- A test. 10% may be widely used as a basis of how much to give, but I believe that the number 10 represents the word test (another example of test is the 10 commandments)—a test of our faithfulness and obedience to God, not a test of God’s faithfulness and obedience to us. He will remain God whether we give or not, whether we give 10% of our income, more than that, or less than that.
- A way to give back. All our resources came from God, so giving Him a percentage of what He gives us is a sensible way of giving back to Him. We do not give because He’s in need, but we give back because we want to glorify Him; we want to show that we are grateful to Him.
When I was still working, I never missed a chance to worship God through tithes. But when I became a housewife, I didn’t easily transition to an employed tither to an unemployed one. Besides, I can justify why I can’t tithe. I don’t have an income, so I don’t have anything to tithe. Right? Well, no. I realized that I can still tithe about the same time that I can save even without an income. Since my husband gives me allowance, I have something to give back.
Here’s what I do upon receiving allowance from my husband:
- Separate 10% for tithes.
- Separate 15% for investment.
- Separate a part of it for gift fund (gift for my husband for his birthday or our anniversary).
- Separate a part of it for other expenses.
Bonus is, I also get points from tithing. How?
The church I’m part of has an online giving platform, so I use my credit card to give my tithes via online then I pay the amount charged to my credit card right away via online banking. See? There are points in tithing.
I acknowledge, though, that it is still God’s grace which enabled me to give back what is due to Him without a hitch. It may not be the same with others, but with the grace of God, it can be done.