Answers to Key Tithing Questions – Is Time Money?
Key Bible Verse: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21, NASB)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 6: 19-24
Q: Can I tithe my time rather than tithe money to my Church? They say “Time is money” and I give a lot of time at Church; it ought to be worth something.
A: Of course you can tithe your time, but not in lieu of tithing your money.
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Notice he didn’t say, “Where your time is.” Money is an indicator of where our hearts really are. The great evangelist Billy Graham said, “Our checkbooks are our theological documents. They tell us what we truly worship.”
After I had preached about giving at a church one evening, one of the deacons of the Church drove me back to my hotel. On the way he told me that he didn’t tithe his money to his Church but that he volunteered his time. According to him, giving his time was just as good as giving money. I said, “Hogwash!” I told him he was just being stingy with his money and didn’t want to let any of it go. After a couple of seconds of silence (which seemed like an eternity), he said, “Man, you know what? You’re right. I’m just looking for some excuses.” The man even thanked me for challenging him.
—Lee Jenkins in Lee Jenkins on Money
My Response: When it comes to tithing, where is my heart right now?
Thought to Apply: There are three conversions necessary: the conversion of the heart, mind, and the purse. —Martin Luther (leader of the Protestant Reformation)
Adapted from Lee Jenkins on Money (Moody, 2009)
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Provider, speak to my heart about giving more generously and cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7-9); even during difficult financial times, may I learn from the example of the poor widow (Mark 12:41-44).