There are a lot of great articles about tithing and why you should or shouldn’t tithe. Here are a few that stick out immediately:
In my search for tithing articles, I was hard-pressed to find an article about the UnTithe. What is the UnTithe you ask? It’s simply what’s left after you tithe or give away a portion of your income. How you handle the UnTithe is just as important as your motives when you tithe, and can even make the idea of tithing futile if left unaddressed.
Here’s what I mean – Whether you’re giving 1%, 10% or 50% of your income away, if you don’t have the right motives, why even give? I view the tithe as a way to support the church, minister to others and to show God that you’re faithful with His resources, but if we are mishandling the UnTithe, we have an issue to address.
So How Does Someone Mishandle the UnTithe?
Treating It As Your Own
When we give to God, we aren’t to say, “Ok God, here’s your allowance and the rest is mine.” We’re supposed to say, “God thank you for providing all I have. Use this to further your Kingdom.”
The remaining 90% (or whatever you have left after giving) is STILL God’s. Yep, it’s still His. When we have the idea that the rest is ours and we can do anything we want with it (including mismanage it), we’re fooling ourselves.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 24:1, The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Not Considering the Small Things
What does tithe matter when we’re not faithful with the rest of our worldly wealth? I know, that’s a strong statement, but if we’re not being good stewards of the UnTithe or with other aspects in our life, what does money matter? Paul says “If I give all I have to the poor…but have not love, I am nothing. “
Luke 16:10-12 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “
Putting Your Trust in The UnTithe
This is one of the most challenging and difficult aspects of managing the UnTithe. We’re called to be good stewards of the resources we’ve been given (see the above passage from Luke) but we’re also taught that we cannot serve two masters (God and money). The balance between trusting God and preparing financially for our future is a careful and ongoing challenge that takes time to get right.
Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”
The Bible encourages us to be diligent regarding work and planning and is also full of instruction about balancing faith and planning ahead. It’s when we neglect these teachings that our UnTithe becomes our safety net and our faith in God weakens.
Have you ever given much thought to the UnTithe? Do you think it’s as important to manage the UnTithe as it is to be faithful in giving to further God’s Kingdom?