I am glad to share my devotional bible study about withholding of tithe for the advancement of the Kingdom of God and His promise to us with an overflowing blessings for those who will follow and put into practice in every single day.
The passage is found in Malachi 3:10 (NIV) as follows:
“Bring the whole tithe in to the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, “says the Lord Almighty,” and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.“
For me, TITHE is Ten percent (10%) or tent of my Income returning back to God as part of my Thanksgiving and worship to be stored into the House of God to Exalt His Name for the advancement of His Kingdom and Glory.
The STOREHOUSE is the House of God where the tithes and offerings stored to be use in advance of God’s Kingdom and Glory by blessing people who are needy, hungry, thirsty,
oppressed widows and fatherless, defraud laborers of their wages, people who deserves to receive blessings, church needs and other related matters in accordance with His purpose.
FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN – Great blessings, abundance in life, good health and financial breakthroughs from God that is overflowing and no room enough for it.
In practice, Gross Income is the basis in computing the ten percent (10%) to be withheld to God. With this, I would like to share some illustrations in the computation of tithe with details as follows:
First illustration. Assuming that I was given by a person in the amount of one hundred (100.00), the ten percent (10%) of the amount received is my tithe which is ten (10.00).
Second illustration. A regular employee receiving compensation to employer. The basis in the computation of tithe is ten percent (10%) of the Net Basic Salary. Let say, if the employee has a monthly Gross Compensation Income of 30,000.00 plus Overtime and Other income of 10,000 less Tardiness and Absences of 5,000.00 equals Net Basic Salary of 35,000.00 and a tenth of it is 3,500.00 considered as the tithe.
Third illustration. A sole proprietor or businessmen should tithe based on Total Gross Income with an illustration as follows: (Sales/Revenues/Receipts/Fees) Less (Cost of Sales/Services) Equals (Gross Income from Operation) Add (Other Income & Other Non-operating Income) Equals (Total Gross Income) Less (Expenses in General) Equals (Net Income or Net Loss).
The above scenarios show that God is the first priority of everything before anything else. He is everything who sustains our daily needs. In this, we should show our respect and reverence to Him for His faithfulness, power and sovereignty.
I encourage that every members in the church to participate in giving of tithes and offerings with the spirit if Love and Generosity. He look the hearts of the cheerful givers and not the amount to be given because God loves the cheerful givers as well. The passages stated above is under the law, but we the gentiles is under the grace of God. What you will give will measure unto you. If you sow sparingly, you will also reap sparingly; but If you sow abundantly, you will also reap abundantly.
I believe that Jehovah Jireh, the God our provider will provide and sustain all our needs in our daily lives for the advancement of His kingdom and His Glory.