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Tithing/ giving is biblical and beneficial. It shows your faithfulness.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
-Malachi 3:10 NKJV Bible
Tithing/ giving is practical and preparatory. It strengthens your financial stewardship.
I will forever remember attending a forum lecture by Arthur C. Brooks while I was in college. In it, Brooks shared some data from a study he had done that showed that people who give more earn more money in the long run. Why? It’s all about the psychology. People who give tend to be happier than those who don’t, and happier people tend to be more productive. And if you happen to be the type of person who pursues wealth, increased happiness and productivity will get you there faster.
It reminds me of a Zig Ziglar quote: “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Some will tell you it’s a dog eat dog world, but our long-term success personally and as a human race depends on us looking out for each other.
-Justin Weinger, Contributor, wealthgospel.com
Ultimately, giving is a measure of faith in God and the local church. God instructs us to give that the church may have its needs met. In most cases it is the local church whose needs are to be met. Giving also allows the local church to go beyond the walls of the church to affect the community and the nations as mandated by God. At L.I.F.E. Church we believe that giving is part of sowing seeds. Financial seeds are seeds of stewardship and along with seeds of fellowship, discipleship and worship strengthen the church as a family and the members of the family individually.
Perhaps you are not ready to jump right up to 10% but you can certainly start somewhere. Use the chart below to help you think about it.