As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are invited to pay tithing. We pay 10% from any source of income. For me, this has always meant a monetary donation. Many people who are not members of the Church comment about the fact that 10% seems like quite a sacrifice.
I am a student. I live in the Boston area where housing is expensive. And, I have three children! My wife and I have to be very careful about our finances. We budget our money cautiously and track every penny. When we sat down and planned the financing of my education, we calculated how long our savings would last and at what point we would have to go into debt. By our calculations, our savings weren’t going to last very long. However, one factor we failed to consider was the extent to which the Lord would bless us for paying tithing. The Bible (Malachi 3:8-10) says, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings…Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse…and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
I have a testimony of the law of tithing because I’ve seen the blessings that come as a result of paying tithing. Our savings have lasted far longer than we expected. We still live on a small budget, but we have everything we need. I know that our Heavenly Father has helped us do far more with 90% of our income than my wife and I ever could have done with 100%. What’s more, the blessings of tithing are not limited to financial blessings. For one thing, our faith in Heavenly Father and His promises has greatly increased.
Is paying tithing a sacrifice? A wise man once told me that a true sacrifice means giving up something good for something better. By this definition, tithing is absolutely a sacrifice! I am grateful for the blessings that have come into my life, and the lives of my wife and children, as a result of paying tithing.