The Law of Tithing: A Path to Financial Blessings 🔗
Tithing is an ancient and divine principle whereby individuals give 10% of their income to the Lord's church. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tithing is considered a commandment and a requirement for temple worship. But the benefits of living the law of tithing extend far beyond the spiritual - tithing can also lead to financial blessings in our lives.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I'm going to share my perspective on tithing as it relates to our church.
What is Tithing? 🔗
Tithing means giving 10% of our "increase" or income to the Church. This applies whether we make little or much. As members of the Church, we make a covenant at baptism to live the law of tithing. Paying tithing demonstrates our faith in God and our willingness to put Him first in our lives.
As the Bible teaches, tithing dates back to Old Testament times when Abraham paid tithes to the high priest Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20). In modern times, the law of tithing was renewed through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Lord promises great blessings to those who faithfully pay their tithes and offerings.
Blessings of Tithing 🔗
Living the law of tithing requires sacrifice and commitment. But the rewards are well worth it. Here are some of the blessings associated with paying tithing:
Spiritual blessings - By paying tithing, we show our devotion to God. He promises to "open the windows of heaven" and pour out great spiritual blessings (Malachi 3:10). These include guidance, wisdom, peace, and a stronger testimony.
Temporal blessings - Along with spiritual blessings, God often blesses the finances of faithful tithe payers. Tithing helps us prioritize and manage money wisely. The Lord is aware of our needs and can multiply our remaining funds.
Greater self-reliance - Tithing encourages us to spend less on non-essentials. It teaches discipline and stewardship over the money God lends us. Over time, tithe payers often find themselves better able to provide for their families.
Security and peace of mind - Knowing we are obedient to God's laws allows us to feel more secure financially and spiritually. We can find comfort knowing God is aware of our faithfulness and needs.
As Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin taught, "the payment of tithing has less to do with money, but more to do with faith" (Ensign, Dec 2001). It is a demonstration of our faithfulness and devotion to the Lord.
Tithes vs Offerings 🔗
In the Church, members pay both tithes and offerings. Many wonder - what's the difference?
Tithes - 10% of our income paid to the Church
Offerings - Donations above and beyond tithing, given as we are able. These include fast offerings, humanitarian aid, missionary fund, etc.
Tithes constitute our baseline giving back to the Lord. Offerings are an opportunity to give even more generously. Both are important ways we can consecrate our money to doing good.
How to Pay Tithes 🔗
Modern technology makes it easy to pay tithing as part of our regular finances. Here are some ways Church members can pay their tithes:
Set up reoccurring payments through your bank account. Many find paying tithing first helps them manage the rest of their funds.
Pay through the convenient Church tithing slip. Place cash or a check in the envelope and hand to your bishop.
Pay online through the Church website or app. Log in and easily pay with your bank account or credit card.
In cash or checks in countries where online payment is not available. Work through local Church leaders.
Tithing is normally paid to the bishop or branch president of your local congregation. Church headquarters provides annual donation summaries for tax purposes.
Managing Tithing in Your Budget 🔗
Setting a budget is key to successfully managing tithing and other expenses. Be sure to make tithing a line-item in your budget rather than an afterthought.
Many pay tithing on their "net" income after taxes and essential living expenses. This allows them to pay on their true increase. Others choose to pay on their "gross" income before any expenses come out.
Pray and pay your tithing as you feel is right for your circumstances. The most important thing is paying it with a willing heart. Track expenses diligently, reduce unnecessary spending, and trust in God's promises.
As you faithfully live the law of tithing, the Lord will find ways to bless you temporally and spiritually. Be patient and know that all blessings unfold in God's timing.
Living a Higher Law 🔗
For those seeking an even higher blessing, consider paying tithing on any unexpected income that comes your way. This could include:
Work bonuses or commission checks
Paying tithing on these "extras" demonstrates a higher level of devotion and gratitude. The Lord will honor such generosity and obedience.
"Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:10)
As we live the Lord's law of tithing, He will open the windows of heaven. Although requiring sacrifice, tithing sets us up for spiritual and financial blessings. Honor the Lord first with the best 10% of your increase. Then watch and see how He prospers you!