Let’s begin with the latter. What is tithe?
Great question! This was something I was unfamiliar with myself until I joined a church.
Tithe in Hebrew means tenth. Tithe is first mentioned in the Bible in the book of Genesis, chapter 14, when Abram (more famously known as Abraham) gives Melchizedek one-tenth of all of his possessions as an outward expression of gratitude for the blessing Melchizedek bestowed on Abraham after he, Abraham, returned from the war victorious (because of God).
Essentially, tithe is giving 10% of your monthly income as an outward expression of gratitude to God for blessing you.
I use donating and giving interchangeably because you can both give and donate your time, your resources, and your money.
Now, this page is meant to inform as well as encourage you to pray and ask God what He would have you do. Does He want you to tithe? Does He want you to give/donate your time, resources, or money?
I’m confident that God will nudge you in one of these ways simply because of Jesus’s commands: love God, love others (Mark 12:30-31).
Regardless of whether we tithe or give/donate our time, money, or resources, we do so (or should be) as an expression of gratitude to God for what He has blessed us with. And we are immensely blessed.
“And He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which makes a penny.
And He called His disciples to Him and said to them,
‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.'”
Mark 12:41-44, ESV