2 Corinthians 8:7-8
Generosity, tithing (10% of your income) and offering sermons are never popular. Could it be because we sometimes do not like when people mess with our god, causing us to feel the need to defend it? Or perhaps we want to to be in control and do whatever we want with what does not even belong to us in the first place?! I could be wrong but I sense that if we cannot give up everything (including control) we cannot be Jesus' disciples. Jesus never asked for 10%, or 50% or 99%. He asked for 100%.
I teach my children to do two things with their money:
- To bring 10% of their income to the church.
- To put 10% towards savings.
As Christians we have to be intentional towards generosity. We need to display it to our children and God's house (the church) is a great way to do this. Some people right now are teaching their children to gather, be in total control and fearful when comes to trusting God financially. Don't get me wrong, we must do our part. Tithing is the first step. But there are also offerings and the whole concept of leading a generous life. Do you have to tithe? No. Are there consequences? I believe there is.
Here are five reasons why I teach my children to tithe:
- Tithing teaches them gratitude, not a sense of entitlement.
- Tithing teaches them that God is in absolute control of their finances not them.
- Tithing teaches them to set their treasure in the right place.
- Tithing teaches them passion and zeal for God's house.
- Tithing teaches them the principle of firstfruits. God must always be first.
How about you? What do you think?