The Tithe

The Tithe
August 4, 2019 Gary Shotton

Giving a tithe (10%) of your household budget to your local church is part of the process of being blessed by God by Gary Shotton #000296

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The Tithe

By Gary Shotton

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hello I’m Gary Shotton and I’m happy to have you as a part of Inspiring Better Business today we’re going to talk about tithing to God’s work tithing to your local church now you know that our web sites really are not a web site that have preaching so we don’t refer to a lot of scriptures but we do believe that everything we present is scripturaly based and is biblically based and one of the laws and we’re seeking out the laws that will make a business profitable and part of those would be on another teaching would just be the idea of the purpose of us being in business is partially to be givers givers to the gospel of Jesus Christ now the question was asked and here’s the root of the response to everyone that’s listening what do you calculate the tithe to the local church is it based on your business revenue your business profit your business sales or something else and I have a very strong opinion and others can have their opinion but mine’s been developed over a 10 15 20 year period and I will tell you I have been a tither personally for more than 26 years based on this opinion and it’s not that my tithing makes it right or wrong but God has blessed me because I’m a giver and the first question is why how do we base the top now I have to do a little background in order to build up this to be sure we’re on the same page now the average person that’s starting a business has many times a problem separating their personal life with their business life so we’ve got to do that first what do I mean you know if you went to work to the big company and you work for a certain wage or hours or hourly rate or salary you would get a paycheck and it’s based on the time or energy or accomplishment that you did inside working for that company I’m an advocate have done this for years I have always considered myself as a as simply an employee of the company that I’m working for that I own in other words I’m the owner of the company but I’m also an employee of the company now let’s use some examples if I was running a restaurant and I was also the chef and that’s primarily what I was doing I might make a survey of what chefs or cooks are making at restaurants and if that’s the function I’m doing then that’s what I would get paid and I would write a paycheck in some fashion whichever way you would with it someone else I would write that check to me as a person out of the company and I would then deposit at this or handle this with my wife to handle our expenses of our personal household our personal household of budget many of you are doing many many many things so you’re not just the chef you’re not just the the sales person you’re not just the operations person you’re everything so that’s going to be a little harder to determine but it’s still doable think of it this way if you were gone for one full month what would you have to pay somebody to do what you’re doing in that business now you’ve got to be fair with yourself because in doing that you have to have enough money to handle your household budget and if your business isn’t making enough money to handle your hollow household budget then you know you really can’t just take more money out of the business maybe you’ve got to go get a side job maybe throw some newspapers or r-mo but somebody’s lawn or do something to make up for the difference in your household you must keep your household budget your household finances separate from your business finances now when you do that I think it becomes very clear that for 46 years I have tithe off of my personal household budget my personal household cost of living if you don’t maintain a budget you know that this is what it’s going to take for me to live this is what it costs for housing this is what it costs for food this is what it costs for utilities this is what it costs for my family expenses some kind of a regular number that you’re gonna have based on that and then I personally just set that I have had the same exact number I’m not gonna say what it is but I have the same number for several years as what’s my tithe is my church makes it easy they automatically I automatically draft without even me writing a check it makes it real simple but you do what you need but I believe that is what the tithe should be based upon now this may not be consistent with other people’s teaching and it may not be consistent with your pastors teaching so I’m not trying to come against the pastor or discredit them but I say that they’ve never actually owned a business in most cases and in those cases in most cases they’re going to look at you already as one of the major contributor to the church so you’ve got to kind of put this all in balance you see your household needs to have a budget or our financial capacity to pay that bills on a monthly or weekly basis the church the pastor is basically the oversee of the the local household of the church like it’s it’s the the church household the church has expenses the church has salaries this church has utilities and so they’re forced and they must come up to the task and also establish them and so you’re one of the contributors it’s not healthy or fair for just one or two people to be the major contributors to the church that’s where the pastor must listen to and adapt their own skills in communicating about the fair way for people to pay their tithes that’s their responsibility I could reprimand that some good pastors and a mine included have different teachings on that’s contact us and you could learn how you can communicate that don’t just from the pulpit talk about give me give me give me talk about how you can help your business and you’re individuals your household leaders to be more profitable to get more jobs our pastor talked to a major series on called it he called it the sixth day in other words five days you work for somebody else the sixth day maybe you could start something else for the extra to get on board get on top of it so there’s a lot of things that’s his job that’s the pastor jobs to do that now you see when I give my money to the local church I really don’t get meaning I don’t say well this goes for this guy’s salary I think it needs personally to go into the general fund but I also believe that the Bible talks about tithes and offerings well the offerings I believe are my discretionary those are things I can decide what I want to do with or what I should do and I could hear how God would lead me in that my pastor should teach me should be teaching how to follow the voice of God and why wouldn’t I learn how to follow the voice of God on how to support someone outside the church I give my tithe it’s done it’s taken care of but I’ve always all of these 46 years I’ve always always given outside of that designated funds to missionaries now you could be in a developing nation with very little money let me tell you though I’ve been on the phone with several people that they’re verily making it but I’m still telling them part of God’s formula God’s plan is to learn to tithe that’s number one even learn to give on the very smallest amount I mean pennies or quarters or nickels or dollars I mean we’re not looking at dollar amount we’re looking at percentage but at the same time as a business owner as you’re growing I suggest that you start thinking about giving to missions it doesn’t have to be foreign missions I’ve read an article just today of someone that was in Kenya had gone several years and were being used as basic missionaries in Tanzania great that’s within your continent your culture and you know you could have missions that are in your own community someone is especially gifted to use the their gifts in athletics and they have an outreach and they have needs for uniforms and sure Hertz and balls and bats or whatever it is you could give a portion of your funds as an offering to someone I think the key word here in everything is balanced God’s a God of balance you put your household in order you put your household together where you’re balanced and you have a and I know that not everything’s always income steady but you have a little reserve and you are able to come through a little bump Church you have your the household of God you you have your church in balance and you work on down the way and step by step God will bless you I’m sure of it I know that God is seeking over all of the world to find those that will believe him believe and trust him in the area of finances and you know until that happens I don’t know that he can get involved with your finances very much
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The founder of IBBTalks.com which was formed to "Inspire Better Business."
As an astute businessman, he is passionate about helping others in the business world achieve maximum profits. He has a keen interest in international business. www.InspiringBetterBusiness.com

2 Comments

  1. Tim Walterbach 10 months ago

    Fantastic teaching on tithing, very encouraging. Sometimes it’s hard to continue to give when things look tough. God appreciates and responds to our trust it’s a testimony to his faithfulness.

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      Gary Shotton 10 months ago

      Tim,
      Thanks a bunch for taking the time to hear the teaching and also for making comments on our website. Blessings, Gary

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