According to the dictionary a tithe is A tenth part of one's annual income contributed voluntarily or due as a tax, especially for the support of the clergy or church.
Even the Koran encourages Muslims to pay tithes albeit its only 2.5% so we all have no excuse,
When i did my industrial training i had the opportunity to earn my very first salary, as a tradition in Nigeria, that salary was shared towards all that have made an impact in my life.
While sharing the money i decided to go give fraction to my neighbor, so i went over to her house and presented her with the money, she was happy for me and even prayed for me after the prayer she asked me if i put tithe to God, i said no she then proceeded to advice me on the benefits of paying tithes, she gave me so much testimonies about how God blessed her richly cos she paid tithes, and she also backed her story up with a scripture from the bible
The book of Malachi has some of the most quoted Biblical versus on tithing, Malachi 3:8-12. Jews, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians who tithe, understand that no man may outdo God in the act of charity. These verses talk about the supposed cause and effect of tithing. If one gives to God, they are to be blessed, where if one refuses to give they will be cursed. They also refer back to the storehouses mentioned in Nehemiah. (Malachi 3:8-12):
- 8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How are we robbing thee?’ In your tithes and offerings.
- 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me; the whole nation of you.
- 10 Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.
- 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts.
- 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts.
During my 4th year in school TY and i decided to do a complete 180 degrees to our attitude towards reading, we then formed study groups and started reading hard but it didn't stop us from being worried about the results, because in Uniben (say u read no mean say u go pass),
we were both averaging on a 2.2 result and it was obvious that it will take a miracle to make 2.1,
so when i got back to school for my 5th and final year. i decided that i was going to start paying tithes from my allowances, i told TY about it and we both started paying 10% of our monthly allowance to the church we attended in school.
By the time my 4th year results came out i had a g.p of 4.28 for that year alone, i went ballistic, i was someone whose result had only entered 2.1 in my 1st year( and thats because we were still doing sec school stuffs) an even then i just barely a had g.p of 3.57(just barely crossing 2.1)
it was a miracle, i became convinced to study more and i believed that God was really blessing me, by the time TY's result came out , he didn't even cross the 2.1 line, it brought my spirit down, he almost gave up on school cos his family would have been really disappointed if he didn't make it, because he was living a really comfortable life as a student and all his needs where being met( and i mean all, he had a car , all d money he needed and d occasional trip abroad for hols)
i encouraged him to continue that all wasn't lost, after all we served a living God,
So we calculated our cumulative G.P.A, and realized that he needed a 4.0 g.p in final year to make a 2.1 result, we continued paying our tithes and reading and left the rest to God,
and you wouldn't believe it at the end of our final year i made a staggering 4.85 g.p, and t.y made (yes he did) a 4.0 g.p on the dot.
it was amazing he was someone who hadn't made a 2.1 result in his entire time in school.
God is really wonderful.
I ended up graduating with 2.1 in computer engineering with a g.p of 4.1
and TY graduating with 2.1 in mechanical engineering and a g.p of 3.6.
it was the best time in our lives we celebrated our graduation in a big way, the benefits of paying tithes cannot be measured,
You don't have any excuse most of us are working or schooling or at least u have a form of allowance coming in for each month, just put aside 10% for God.
DON'T ROB HIM.