- Where to give Tithe ?
It is written in Deuteronomy about whom to give tithe.
the Levites, because they have no allotment or inheritance with you, as well as the resident aliens, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work that you undertake. (Deuteronomy 14:29)
One thing is clear from this verses that our tithe to be given to the work of God and helping the poor.
- How much percentage to be offered as Tithe?
We should give tithe (one-tenth part of) of our income/profit. It doesn’t mean that we should give only one-tenth part. Depends on your capacity you can give more. it is a great blessing that some business people who have many shops have reserved full profit from some shops for God’s work and helping the poor. Their business and life is upgrading day by day due to this offering/help doing with right hand Without the knowledge of the left hand.
- From what items should give tithe ?
Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. (Deuteronomy 14:22)
- Do not be stingy or hindrance in offering tithe.
In many families while giving tithe some members make disapproval. In other families all are ignoring tithe just like ananias and zephera. These all are obstacles for blessings.
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
- Give tithe with happiness.
give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38)
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
10 Be generous when you worship the Lord,
and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
11 With every gift show a cheerful face,
and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
12 Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
and as generously as you can afford.
13 For the Lord is the one who repays,
and he will repay you sevenfold. (Sirach 35:10-13)
What should we do?
- Should give one-tenth part of of our income/profit.
- Repent about the period of not giving tithe.
- If ever talked wrong about titche, ask pardon to God, confess.
- Teach about tithe to people who do not know about this God’s commandment.
- Teach children from childhood about tithe.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot. (Psalms 16:5)
From you let my vindication come;
let your eyes see the right. (Psalms 17:2)
Turn my heart to your decrees,
and not to selfish gain. (Psalms 119:36)
You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day, (Psalms 91:5)
Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.