October 24 – Extravagant Generosity Daily Devotion

Day 23 – Teaching the Tithe

Deuteronomy 14:22 “Make an offering of ten percent, a tithe, of all the produce which grows in
your fields year after year. Bring this into the Presence of GOD, your God, at the place he
designates for worship.” (The Message)

Tithing helps the followers of Jesus understand that all things belong to God and that, during their
days on earth, followers are entrusted as stewards to use all they have and all they are in ways that
glorify God. What Christians earn belongs to God, and they should earn it honestly and in ways
that serve purposes consistent with being followers of Christ. What Christians spend belongs to
God, and they should use it wisely, not foolishly, on things that enhance life and do not diminish
it. What they save belongs to God, and they should invest in ways that strengthen society. What
Christians give belongs to God, and they need to give generously, extravagantly, and
conscientiously in ways that strengthen the body of Christ and serve the mission of Christ. Those
who are new to the faith may find the practice of tithing extremely challenging. If you are
overwhelmed with debt that you struggle under an oppressive anxiety, first make the changes in
spending and lifestyle that grant you freedom from excessive debt. When you can breathe again,
began to give proportionately, and grow in the grace of giving toward the tithe. Teach children to
spend wisely, to save consistently, and to give generously. Practice the tithe.

– How did you first learn about tithing? Have you seen others practice the tithe? How does it shape their lives?
– Do you tithe? If so, why? If not, why not? What causes you to resist growing in generosity?
– How do you teach and model generosity for the next generation?