The First Step to Prosperity in Life
One of the ancient spiritual practices that may not seem common nowadays is tithing. Most religions and spiritual groups advocate this act as one of the basic foundations of both spiritual and financial lives.
So what is tithing? In a nutshell, tithing is giving at least 10% of your earnings to God, that is, to the Church or group where you get your spiritual inspiration. Tithing is one way of honoring God through the blessings one receives as expressed in Proverbs 3:9, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with first fruits of all your produce.” (NAB)
In tithing, one shows his or her gratitude to God’s blessings, and his or her generosity to give back to God.
The concept is similar to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) where organizations invest back a part in their profits in the social works and upliftment of society. Presently, the government of India has made it compulsory for the corporates to invest back at least 2% of earnings in CSR works.
The wonderful thing about tithing? Those who have been tithing receive more than what they have given. Proverbs 3:10 expresses, “Then will your barns be filled with grain, with new wine your vats will overflow.” (NAB) Such is the promise of the Lord to those who honor Him with gratitude through tithing.
Both the Bhagavad-Gita and the Holy Bible, however, go beyond tithing in terms of not only sharing 10% of one’s financial resources to God but also of one’s energy, talent and time.
Tithing is one of the greatest challenges one has to hurdle on the first step to prosperity. Why?
Because tithing needs regularity. You cannot give today and then pass the chance to give the next week or month because you have financial problems or you have other appointments or are busy with other matters. Regularity is a very important key as expressed in Bhagwad-Gita 12.7, “But those who worship Me, giving up all their activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, having fixed their minds upon Me, O son of Patha—for them I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death.”
In essence, to tithe is to honor God and to reciprocate the blessings one receives from Him. The basic principle is to pay God first and the rewards will be more than one can expect.
Have never tried tithing? Now is the time! Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, That there may be food in my house, and try me in this, says the Lord of hosts: Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessings upon you without measure?” (NAB)
Marj Baynosa is a chemical engineer and educator, who loves reading and writing in her spare time, especially on finance, faith, and other seemingly mundane things.