Generosity is a natural side effect of following Jesus.
Generosity is a characteristic of God—so it’s a natural side effect of letting scripture reshape your life. It’s not just for the wealthy, in fact, there is a story in scripture where Jesus sees both the very wealthy and an underprivileged woman give. Here’s how Jesus responds, “I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
When we follow God, we become generous with our time, our love, and our finances. We freely lay down our possessions, for Christ, freely laid down His life!
What’s the deal with tithing?
Tithe simply means “tenth”. When we talk about giving a tithe we mean giving a tenth of what you earn. In scripture, we see God’s people giving a tithe or a “tenth” of their harvests or livestock. Now, followers of Jesus practice this same principle, by giving 10% of each paycheck they earn to their local church.
Why tithe? Well, money has a tight grip on our hearts. Matthew 6:21 says, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Meaning, whatever has your money, has your heart. So, when we receive a paycheck we practice surrendering our finances to God by giving 10% of that paycheck to Him. Weekly, biweekly, or whenever we receive money, we can practice giving Him our heart by giving a tithe.