by Rev. Gena Gilcrease
Tithing is the practice of giving a percentage of income to our sources of spiritual nourishment.
This ancient practice is not intended to please God or just to support spiritual institutions. While there is a benefit to the receiver, there is also benefit to the giver.
The purpose of tithing is to produce a greater awareness of Spirit as the Source of all the good in our lives. Through this practice, we consciously express our gratitude for all the gifts given to us. Consequently, the act of tithing is more than just making a regular ﬁnancial contribution.
Tithing deepens our perception of money as Spirit.
The practice of tithing is our right use of the Law of Circulation, which is often referred to as the Law of Sowing and Reaping.
Tithing is a personal prosperity process. The idea follows a plan that farmers have used for centuries. When the crops are harvested, the entire harvest is not eaten, but a percentage is set aside to use as seed for the next year.
When used as a metaphor for spiritual cause, the "seed" or tithe given to the source of spiritual inspiration acts as a magnet for more prosperity. The subjective mind accepts this act as a signal that there is more in the storehouse.
Since our prosperity is based on our acceptance, we start in motion the creative power within us to bring about greater prosperity.
In a metaphysical sense, our tithe is the seed of gratitude that we sow into the ﬁeld of our good fortune, which is the Mind of God.
The more we sow, the more we reap. In other words, the more we demonstrate our gratitude, the more the Universe will provide us with reasons to be grateful.
In both the New and the Old Testaments of the Christian Bible, there are many statements on the power of giving. The most well-known are the statements of Jesus: "Give and it shall be given unto you . . .” and "As you give so shall you receive.”
“The seed that is planted must correspond to that which we desire in our experience. If we want more money, we must give more money, if we desire more time, we must tithe more time, if we want more love, we must love more.” Ernest Holmes