I haven’t tithed in years.
The offering is one of the most criticized elements of the church experience. Most people don’t give at all. At best, it seems, people begrudgingly do their Christian duty to drop their 10% into the bucket when it is sheepishly passed around.
The tithe is ruining our ability to go to church
How to Go to Church: Give. Faithfully and Sacrificially. Above all, give Joyfully.
By that definition I don’t think I’ve ever given a Biblical tithe.
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt. 6:21). Now, it’s true that this verse CAN be read as a kind of analysis of your life. “If you want to find out what you love, look at how you spend your money”. It can be read that way. That is not, however, how Jesus speaks it.
“Don’t store up your treasures on Earth…but rather store up your treasures in Heaven” (Mt. 6:19-20)
Jesus isn’t challenging believers to check their bank account to find out if they really love God. No, He is encouraging them to actively choose to move the placement of their treasure in order to move the placement of their heart.
Are you having trouble loving the Kingdom of Heaven? Invest in the Kingdom movement. Passion will follow.
If you are currently not giving to your church I challenge you to begin. Don’t worry about a %. Start where you can. Work up.
To those who have been giving 10% for years, you may very well be in as serious a spiritual rut of giving as the person not bringing an offering at all. An offering dropped in the bucket thoughtlessly is as insignificant (for you) as if you kept it in your wallet. In some ways it’s spiritually hurting you (another blog for another day). You may need an offering overhaul. Start giving 12%…or 20%…or forget about the percentage altogether.
The goal is not 10%. The goal is: Faithfully, Sacrificially, and above all else, Joyfully.
When your church passes the plate around they are doing you a favor. They are giving you an opportunity to participate in the blessing of joining God and His kingdom movement in the world. The offering is a time of worship, not to be done half-hearted. It should be done in celebration! Pray, give, & then give thanks that you are a part of something bigger than yourself.
I don’t tithe. I faithfully, sacrificially, and joyfully worship through generous giving.