Where, and How Often, Should I Tithe?

How Often Should You Tithe?

God asks us to return 10 percent of our income to Him. But does He specify when, where or how often?

Claire from Massachusetts writes in with a question many people ask: How often should you tithe? And does it matter where?

I am a hairstylist and I work for a franchise-owned hair-cutting salon chain. The pay is only $9.00 per hour and I get some tips (not a lot, though). I’m struggling financially and don’t make enough to support myself.

How does God want us to tithe? Does He want us to give away our tithe money right away, such as the same day as soon as it is in our hands? Or should it be put into a checking account and a check written and mailed to a ministry or charity on the same day that we get a paycheck?

I know that God has to come first in everything and of course that includes tithing. But I’m not sure how to come up with a good foolproof system to tithe that would please God. What would you advise?

This is something many people wonder: How often should you tithe? And does it matter when or where?

It’s no small thing to give away 10 percent of your income. If you’re like Claire having a tough time making ends meet, it’s even harder. So the fact that you want to  tithe says a lot about your faith in God to provide for you.

I certainly believe that God wants us to tithe: Scripture makes it clear that the tithe belongs to God, and that He promises to bless us if we are faithful to tithe to Him.

Where Should You Tithe?

I also believe that tithing is intended primarily as a way of funding our local church congregations. Quite simply, tithing makes church happen: Without faithful givers, our churches wouldn’t be able to maintain their facilities, pay pastors or fund community outreach.

If you belong to a good church in your community, you have some responsibility for helping to keep it financially healthy.

So, you should tithe to your local church. If you belong to a good church in your community, you have a responsibility for helping to keep it financially healthy. You fulfill that obligation by tithing regularly to the church.

If you aren’t a member of a solid local church, I’m afraid that finding a place to tithe is putting the cart before the horse. God wants you to live in fellowship with people who love you. He created the church to give you a place to do that. If you’re not connected to a church, you’re missing out on a lot that other people have to add to your life. You’re also missing out on a powerful opportunity to make a difference in the world by serving your church and your community.

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It’s great to give generously to non-profits and ministry organizations. But those gifts don’t replace tithing to your local church. You shouldn’t withhold the tithe to your  church because you’re giving to an outside organization instead.

How Often Should You Tithe?

Now, how often should you tithe? The Bible doesn’t specifically address how often you should tithe, so there’s not a strict rule you have to keep. Instead, you should figure out the tithing schedule that makes the most sense in your own life.

Many people that make a point of writing out a tithe check as soon as they get paid. This helps them give to God first, before they do anything else with their money. I think this is a pretty good way to go, because it makes a priority of the tithe and helps you to avoid the temptation of spending that 10% elsewhere. Today, many churches offer online giving or text-to-give platforms. So it’s easier than ever to give your tithe as soon as you get paid, regardless of whether you’re physically at church.

A good budget should have a tithe built into it.

You don’t have to make a contribution for each paycheck, though. If you have a thorough, well organized monthly budget, you probably have a good idea of how much money you’ll have coming in every month, and when it will be coming. A good budget should have a tithe built into it. So if you know how much your tithe will be every month, you can schedule a recurring monthly gift whenever it’s convenient for you. There’s nothing wrong with tithing once a month, as long as that gift represents 10 percent of your monthly income.

Fixing the Income Issue

We should talk about one more aspect of Claire’s question. She’s having a hard time making ends meet with her income of $9/hour. Asking “how often should you tithe?” will be a really difficult question for anyone earning such a low wage. God doesn’t want to burden anyone with the tithe — especially people struggling financially. Instead, He wants to bless their faithfulness.

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So part of what Claire needs to think about is how to get your income up. She works at a budget hair-cut chain now, but self-employed stylists at independent salons  make quite a bit more money. Low-wage jobs are never meant to be career positions. If you find yourself earning less than you need to live on, you should do anything you can to find a way to advance in your career so you can pay your bills.

If you’re like Claire, trying to grow a heart of generosity or struggling to manage your money, I’d love to help you. Subscribe to God Money & Me today, and I’ll come alongside you with lots of wisdom, tips and encouragement that I have gained from years of studying what God says about money. You can sign up free by filling out this form:

God has a great future in store for you. Let’s start walking the road to freedom together!

 

Brian Jewell

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  One thought on “Where, and How Often, Should I Tithe?

  1. April 8, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    How can you lay this burden on this poor girl without feeling any guilt? Shame on you!

    • October 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

      I haven’t put anything on her — she wants to tithe and asked a question about how to do it. Tithing isn’t a salvation, but it is a heart issue. If you don’t like it, take it up with God.

  2. ayz
    October 6, 2017 at 10:02 am

    There is no where in the bible that specifies paying of tithe every month, please do not miss lead people that are not biblical inclined. Deuteronomy 14:2-26 explains it all, Deuteronomy 26:12 also explains further.

    • October 26, 2017 at 11:16 am

      It doesn’t matter how often you pay it — 10 percent is 10 percent, whether you give weekly, monthly or annually. But most people’s budgets line up around a monthly cycle, so it makes a lot of sense from a budgeting perspective to plan monthly giving.

  3. Veronica Michael
    December 8, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I don’t think tithing is to be done everything month. I used to tithe every month but I’m stumbled on Deuteronomy and it describes tithe as something that should be paid once a while but 10 % from my readings I picked up some clues pointing to payment of tithe every 10 months. Infact. I am beginning to think the name tithe was given because of that number ten. Ten=Tithe…Ten=Tithe. Deuteronomy mentions “first fruits”
    I am still doing my biblical investigation, we have been asked to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. That involves investigating some of this matters on our own to unearth the truth and not just doing stuff because “our pastors says so” or because we are born into christian families. Let is all search the scriptures and ask God for the answers we need, not man.
    I urge u to figure out the right way to go about all we hear in church and go about it properly.
    Lastly, also observe other commandments be a giver, love, care for others, visit the widows and the sick, abstain from sin. Be chaste. Try every day 2 become a better person because if you tithe and still sin without a conscience, then, u will be like the pharisees that Jesus called hypocrites and he was so angry at. If you do not observe other commandments to do them, I do not tink tithing will count 4u.
    This is my opinion

  4. Mercy
    February 11, 2018 at 3:46 am

    How often should i tithe?

  5. Kobby
    April 18, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Hello, I really love and enjoy reading your posts a lot it’s really good and informative But I have a question. I work with a disaster management organization in my country and because of that I travel a lot. I don’t have a specific church I attend but am a Christian though. I sometimes travel to some communities where there aren’t any Christian Churches. So I wanna ask if I could give out my tithes to the charity without sending it to a church? Or tithes are specifically to be sent to the church.
    Kobby, Accra

  6. Shadrick musonda
    April 21, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Good Morning my are Shadrick Musonda,
    I just want to found out about how to give my tithes. I am a employee at the certain company. And I do give my monthly tithes and my weekly tithes..
    When I mean my weekly tithes I meant out of the money I have during the week apart from my monthly salary.
    Cause I always take 10% out of what I have during the week
    Or do I have to wait until my month end when I get paid and take my tithes from there..

    Kind regards,

    Shadrick

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