As a Financial Coach, one of the most common questions I get from Christians trying to get out of debt is “Should I Tithe while paying off my debt”?
What I think really doesn't matter
Giving a tithe has more to do with your belief system than your finances. I want you out of debt as bad as anyone, but there is something unexplainable that happens when people start to give sacrificially.
You can't calculate the blessings from giving a tithe
I'm always trying to work things into a spreadsheet. One thing I can never forecast accurately are the blessings that people receive when being faithful and giving 10% to their local church. But, I have come up with an algebraic formula:
I can't explain it – but it works!
What should I tithe on
If we do tithe, what do we tithe on?
- Gross or Net Income?
- Business and Retirement?
- Tax Refunds?
- Gifts or Credit Card Points?
I explain each of these items inside the episode.
What I believe about giving a tithe
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). I thought I knew what that meant until my beautiful bride and I got out of debt. Suddenly, I was able to hear what my pastor was trying to say to me and the sermon was no longer about their need for our money to fund the capitol campaign, it was because giving makes us more like Him.
I certainly hope you don't have to wait until you are debt free to hear the message and experience the joys of giving.
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