There are many places in the Scriptures that talk about tithing. In 2 Chronicles 31:5 it says:
As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the first fruits of their grain, new wine, olive oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.
This verse speaks about servant leadership and where you should place your emphasis.
Tithing & Servant Leadership
A tithe is defined as one tenth of your annual produce or earnings. Usually whenever a tithe is mentioned it is around the giving of that 10%. Everyone in this world tithes. You give your first 10% of what you have (time, money, business) to something. You illustrate your allegiances and your priorities by these actions.
The amount of the first 10% and the last 10% is the same. But while the amount is the same, your attitude between the two is very different. It can be the difference between servant leadership, and self-serving leadership.
You are tipping if you give your last 10%.
You are tithing if you give your first 10%.
Differences between Tipping and Tithing:
Servant leaders recognize that everything they have is a gift from God. This attitude will allow your first response to always be thinking about the greater good of others. Truly tithing the time that God has blessed you with, will lead to you making a significant positive impact on the people’s lives in your sphere of influence.
Attributes of a servant leader who tithes:
- Prays for others
- Helps others to achieve their God-given potential
- Is present and approachable
- Performs at a very high level
- Builds relationships
Your future success as a servant leader rests on your faithful response to God’s past faithfulness. I encourage you to focus on growing your allegiance to God and your stewardship of His gifts. Then you will find yourself becoming a servant leader others aspire to follow.
What do you need to shift in your life to become more of a tither than a tipper?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Someone just told me that we are supposed to tithe our time and our money. That’s tough to do. I have never thought about tipping vs tithing before. I wonder how we can be sure we are giving of our first instead of our last resources.
Jane, it is a very interesting thought, and I think it is a heart issue. If in our heart we feel that all we have is a gift from God, and we look at ourselves as stewards of those gifts, I think we will glorify Him with our actions. Releasing ownership is the key, but something I certainly struggle with. I know I am a work in process and need work in this area! Blessings on your day.
Great article, as always! Good things to think about…
Thanks Janene, I appreciate your feedback!
Thank you Mark.
What it boils down to…………………….it’s a matter of the Heart!
keep up the good work!
BINGO!! You are right on. Thanks so much for your comments!
When successfuly leading by example one must be a cheerful giver. I’ve had a wonderfully challenging career; now I’m ready to give back. My non-profit is offering unique opportunities to youth and serving as a pipeline to local, state and federal government cyber workforces. My time, talent and tithes are offered to glorify God and give people a chance to play on a more leveled field all in the name of Jesus – each one, teach one
Marjorie, thank you so very much for your comments and sharing about the wonderful work you are doing in God’s Kingdom. You are a true-model of servant leadership! Wishing you continued blessings on the significant work you doing.