Week 3: Day 5 Tithe

September 21, 2016

  • Day Five: Tithe

     

    Passage:

    As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4, NIV)

     

    Perspective:

    Ever heard of the practice of tithing? In churches, it’s typically when people give a portion of their money as an act of worship to God, a way to support the ministry of the local church as well as remind ourselves of God’s generosity to us.

     

    Some people suggest giving 10% of our money as a tithe. But there’s little about percentages in the Bible. The widow in this passage gave only two small coins, which would have been like pennies for us, but it was everything for her.

     

    Author C.S. Lewis says something really cool about this tithing thing in his book Mere Christianity: “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare….If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small.” What he’s saying is that there’s no hard and fast rule about tithing and giving, but it should be an act of faith—we’re trusting God more than we trust money.

     

    To tithe isn’t to somehow earn God’s favor. And we shouldn’t give unless we can do it cheerfully and without obligation—giving while whining and complaining about it is missing the point. Tithing is something God invites us to do as an act of worship, to celebrate Jesus over money and recognize that everything we have is a gift from God. So, consider the widow. Practice the tithe. See how it begins to change your relationship with God and others.

     

    Practice:

    Choose an amount of money you can begin to tithe this week to your local church or youth group.

     

    Prayer:

    Jesus, all I have is yours. May you be honored as I give to your church.

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