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Giving away those things within you

thing4Tithing – or giving 10% of my income back to God – has always been a choice for me and a priority.

Throughout our marriage, my wife and I have enjoyed incredible creativity in how that looks from time to time based on the season of our ministry.

I am still amazed at those who do not understand this part of their walk with Jesus and at what lengths they will run from opening the door of their lives to the blessings of God – trusting Him for His promises.

Today I was challenged on a new thought of tithing and since I have not structured my tithing in this manner, I want to think it through.

Jesus challenged a Pharisee to not only continue to tithe from his income and labour, but to also tithe from the character within him.

So give justice to someone who might not deserve it and give the love of God to another who might not deserve it.  Give mercy to another, and a helping hand to someone else.  Give someone a second chance, and to another the gift of your time.  Forgive another who has offended you, mentor and coach someone who really doesn’t fit it.  Share the gospel, give away love, be kind and gracious, be joyful in serving, patient in being heard and understood, always gentle – tithe all these things too.

I am sure I can remember various gifts like these that I have given from time to time, but they have not been intentional and they have not been measured as my tithing of my wealth has been.

Looking forward to giving these gifts away and learning what tithing might look like in this regard.  Seems to me that it is immeasurable and therefore the real task is to give them away all the time, every time.  We will see.

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8 Comments

  1. Gary Arnold says:

    You said, “Jesus challenged a Pharisee to not only continue to tithe from his income and labour, but to also tithe from the character within him.”

    This is as far from what the scripture says as can be. Jesus NEVER mentioned anything at all about tithing from income and labour. The Biblical tithe NEVER came from man’s earnings, income, or labour. It always came from God’s increase of food from crops and animals raised on the Holy land (Leviticus 27:30-33).

    When God gave the Israelites the promised land, He RESERVED, for Himself, a tenth of the crops and every tenth animal. They NEVER did belong to the Israelites. In other words, the tithe was from God’s increase of FOOD, not from man’s income. It was a way to distribute FOOD to the Levites and priests who did NOT inherit any land.

    No one, not even the farmers, tithed from their income.

    The farmers made their income by SELLING and/or barter-exchanging their crops and animals but did NOT tithe on that income.

    Today, ALL born-again believers are priests. ALL of us are called to be disciples of the Lord. No one of us is greater than another. Our bodies are the Temple where the Spirit dwells. According to the scriptures, priests do not tithe.

    The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was a tenth. The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of a tenth. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving a tenth.

    • evanlaar1922 says:

      Thanks Gary for going the distance on your thoughts. First of all, I have heard what you are saying preached from the pulpit – so it is not new to me. Secondly, let me give you the verse I was quoting from – “But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” Luke 11:42
      Thirdly, the New Testament suggests that if you live on $30,000 and get an increase of pay of $10,000, you give all of the $10,000 to the Lord for you do not need it to live on because you got along fine with $30,000. That you can find in 2Corinthians 8 and 9.
      However, and this is very important, you missed the entire point of the blog – do not neglect in giving the love of God to others, and do not neglect in holding up justice. It is unfortunately that you know so much about tithing or in this case why we do not need to tithe and not so much on the love of God and on how to be just and treat others justly. Let the tithing thing go – it really is not that important – spend time in loving God and being an image of His character. While there the tithing thing will sort itself out because you will realize that you just want to give as much as you can.

  2. Gary Arnold says:

    I didn’t miss the point of your blog.

    Being a Money & Finance minister, I run across the false tithing doctrine 7 days a week and do my best to get the truth out.

    Being that I not only understand what the scriptures are saying, but also being Spirit led, I find myself giving more like 30% – 50% of my income each month.

    Nowhere in 2 Cor 8 and 9 does it say or infer to give 100% of any increase in your pay.

    The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was a tenth. The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of a tenth. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving a tenth.

    • evanlaar1922 says:

      The post has nothing to do with tithing – that is why you missed the point – and everything to do with justice and loving God – while you are tithing – as the scripture verse clearly pointed out which you still have not acknowledged or referred to. Your incredible desire to find false teaching on tithing has left you void of loving those you wish to impress with your self-acclaimed knowledge. Definitely not cool.

  3. Gary Arnold says:

    1 – You said, “Today I was challenged on a new thought of tithing and since I have not structured my tithing in this manner, I want to think it through.”

    New thought of “tithing?” A tithe is a tenth. No other amount is a tithe.

    2 – You said, “Jesus challenged a Pharisee to not only continue to tithe from his income and labour, but to also tithe from the character within him.”

    You don’t “tithe” from the character within.

    3 – You said, “Forgive another who has offended you, mentor and coach someone who really doesn’t fit it. Share the gospel, give away love, be kind and gracious, be joyful in serving, patient in being heard and understood, always gentle – tithe all these things too.”

    You don’t “tithe” all these things too. Are you saying you should give away a tenth of your love, be kind and gracious a tenth of the time, etc. etc.?

    4 – You said, “Looking forward to giving these gifts away and learning what tithing might look like in this regard.”

    Has NOTHING to do with “tithing.”

    Tithe means tenth or tenth part, NOT giving.

  4. Gary Arnold says:

    I’m just going by the scriptures. I am not missing any joy in giving. How can there be more joy in giving a tenth than in giving much more as I do? The word tithe means tenth or tenth part. The Biblical tithe was not giving anything. If you want to use man’s tithing doctrine instead of the scriptures, that is between you and God. No Christian Church ever taught anyone to tithe from their income before 1870. The whole tithing lie comes from Satan himself.

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