“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3
Many have heard the word, “tithe”, before. It’s an odd word for us today. Some think of it as a Bible word for the offering that they give to God. But, it is so much more than that. In this section, we’ll explain what a tithe is and in the next section, there will be an opportunity to figure out what might be the tithe that comes as a result of what God has given.
Simply put, a tithe is 10 percent of what we have been given by God. It is an acknowledgement that God is continually blessing us with resources not only for ourselves, but also so that we might participate in the care of the world and for people.
More than anything, tithing brings blessing. The passage from Malachi mentioned above gives a promise from God for those who tithe what they have been given. It’s a pouring out of blessing.
Ten percent? Is that gross or net income? Is it before or after taxes? The question is valid and the practitioners in the Bible offer no answer to a question that was not even on their minds. They were just aware that their souls needed to give back to God. And, this was a good model for doing so.
Below is a percentage chart to help people know where they are currently are and where they may move incrementally toward the 10% tithe.