Answers to Key Tithing Questions – Tithe-Free Visits?
Key Bible Verse: I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. (2 Corinthians 9:7, The Message)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 9
Q: Where should my tithe go when I don’t have a Church home? We left our former Church and are looking for a new Church home. Should we give our tithe to the old Church, the Churches we visit, or just wait until we join a new one?
A: By all means, go ahead and give your tithes to the Church or Churches you are visiting, until you find a new Church home.
I want to commend you for your desire to remain faithful to God in your giving, even while you are between Churches. A lot of people cease their tithing until they find a new Church. I know some instances where it took a family six months or even up to a year to find a new Church home, and they ceased tithing during that time. I don’t believe that’s wise.
Always honor the man or woman of God who feeds you spiritually. Wherever you’re getting fed is where you should tithe. It could be a Church you are visiting or even a ministry that is impacting you. “Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching,” wrote the apostle Paul (1 Tim. 5:17).
—Lee Jenkins in Lee Jenkins on Money
My Response: I will prayerfully consider making the following changes in my giving habits: …
Thought to Apply: You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.—Amy Carmichael (Irish missionary to India)
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).