When creating and living off of a written budget, tithing to the church should be the first item on the list.
When I was younger I did it because that is what my parents and the church taught me was the right thing to do.
As I have gotten older I have learned more and more, on my own, why it is so essential.
Giving away a portion of your income is a testament of your faith and belief in God and his church. It is a sacrifice.
Since the creation of man God has asked us to sacrifice by giving of the first of our fruits. Adam and Eve taught Cain and Able how to sacrifice. This story also taught us the importance of giving of the best that we have and with the right attitude or there could be consequences.
All God asks is that you give 10% back of what he already gave you in the first place. It takes money to run the church and the purpose of the church is to reach out to the community and help those in need. To save those that are lost.
God will take care of you when you give.
God has never failed to provide for me or my family and that is because we are first faithful to Him.
He provides in many more ways than simply a good, steady income.
He has kept our family healthy. He has kept our vehicles running well. He has taken care of our home and so much more.
Any of these things could instantly cause you to have to pay out a tremendous amount of money if something goes wrong, especially when it comes to your health.
If you do not pay your tithes, God may choose to get that portion from you one way or another, so it is better to give it up front, willingly and happily and be blessed, instead of the other way around.
If you are faithful to God and his church, then he will be faithful to you and take care of you.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
Sounds to me like a win-win situation. Bless others and you will be blessed even more.
You can’t out give God. Go ahead and test him. Give him the first of what you receive in tithing to the church and see what happens.
May God bless you.