Uncle Milton has attempted to give us an example of how tithing works. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary on line, "tithe" means to pay or give a tenth portion especially for the support of the church.
It is sad that in many churches tithing is rarely mentioned. We are instructed in the Bible to bring all of our tithes into the storehouse.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Malachi 3:10 NIV
The storehouse is your local church. You may give money to many worthwhile organizations and that is to be commended. However, your tithe, the very first part of your GROSS income, is to go to your local church.
I have heard people say, "I give to hospice or to the rescue squad." This is a very good thing. But, it is not your tithe. You may wish to consider these gifts or freewill offerings, but they are not the tithe.
We are instructed to give of the first and the best. We cannot do anything about those pesky payroll deductions, but when we do get our pay, we are to pay our tithe first. Our government and our employer may deduct from our pay. However, when we do get our pay, the very first payment we should make is our tithe.
This may mean going to the bank and taking out an amount that would be equal to ten percent of our GROSS income and placing the cash for that amount into a tithing envelope to be given to your local church. This might mean making sure the very first check written is one to your local church.
Remember, God wants our first and our best.
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