Leviticus 27: 30, 32
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the Lord.
Written by: Chris Moss
The Old Testament scriptures demanded a tithe on everything. The Israelites were required to sacrifice the first and best of their animals, wine, flour, and oil. Sacrifices occurred daily, weekly, monthly, and at festivals.
It was a give-a-thon! It was rigid. It was much more like taxation than it was an offering. As Christians, we are supposed to be cheerful givers, but many believers have been harmed and disheartened by tithing messages given by well-meaning pastors.
Can you relate to this? There is healing for those hurts.
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is a sound, biblically-based way to “tell your money what to do.” It’s affordable, and Ramsey has a lot of crossover appeal to non-believers, non-tithers, non-money managers, and disheartened givers. The finite value of the numbers and Dave’s fun approach make the system easy to follow.
Instead of feeling like you are being “taxed,” Financial Peace helps you learn to give out of your gratitude.
- Here are some of the important concepts I learned from his teachings years ago and continue to implement in my life and marriage daily:
When it comes to disagreements about money, look at what the Bible says. The biblical principles are universal.
- Pay cash as you go and save for large purchases, rather than incurring debt.
- Saying “this is very important to me” is key in a marriage. By discussing money in this way, you learn more about the values of your husband or wife.
- Give first, save second, and live on the rest.
Financial freedom and peaceful security are available if we learn language around the principles of money together.
Thought of the day: Make Jesus the prize, not the battlefield.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much! You care more about our relationship with You and each other, than You care about our resources. We love You and want to give our offerings, not because You need our stuff but because we are grateful. In Jesus’ name, build respect and trust between us and our partners, and faith in our homes. Amen.