Should Newlyweds Tithe?

Brian’s story:  “When we were newlyweds, the thought of getting a full-time job and supporting a wife was frightening.  I was a Christian, yet I was unsure about tithing 10% of our gross income.  My wife and I prayed about it and decided we would trust God and do it.

“After one year, I can honestly say that God was faithful.  We were able to pay all our expenses and still save a good amount.”

A close relative questioned, “Why are you tithing 10% of your gross income? You are just starting out in life. You need that money for yourself!”

Brian’s response,  “That money belongs to God.  It is not ours to spend.”

Seventeen years and six kids later they are no longer tithing 10% of their gross income.  Now they are up to 30% and their future goal is 50%.  Meanwhile they have a small house. Brian recently received a substantial raise.  They decided it was time to search for a larger house—and they found one.

Brian and his wife discussed the pros and cons of having a larger home. Then Brian said, “We can get this house, but if we do, we will no longer be able to bless as many people.”

They decided their small home is perfect.

  •  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.   2 Corinthians 9:7-8 
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God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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3 Responses to Should Newlyweds Tithe?

  1. Mel says:

    “Every man shall give as he is able, according to…” ~ Deuteronomy 16:17.
    Love POSTS discussing the words “to tithe or not to tithe?” But “to tithe” are not man’s words, but the words of God and Christ Jesus in the Old Testament and the New Testament. If we want call it by another name, STEWARDSHIP comes to my mind [1 Corinthians 4:1-2]. Great direction given in your POST “GIVING as you’re able, with JOY.” God certainly doesn’t need our money, but He wants to trust us all in what He has given us. The rest of Deut. 16:17 says, “…according to the BLESSING of the Lord your God which He has given you.” Thanks again Kathleen.

  2. Kristi Ann says:

    I wish if this, but , I am on SSID and Medicare and low money!! I am disabled!!

    I Praise Jesus-Yeshua Christ for Today and Everyday, because HE SAVE me so much in my life!!

    God Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Jesus-Yeshua Christ, because HE LOVED EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ) Everyone, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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