Day 14~ Mark 10-12
"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's" (12:17)
Have you ever wondered how much of your money you should give to God? First let's take a look at how much of our income we "give to Caesar".
Let's take a single person with an annual income of $70,000, who lives in Orange County, California. That person would pay:
15% to the Federal Government, 5% to the state
and 7.7% for Social Security and Medicare. But, let's not forget sales tax, fuel tax and property tax! It's estimated that this person would pay about 33% of their income to Caesar.
Boy! The Israelites got off pretty good when God commanded them to give only 10% (a tithe) annually (Deut.14:22-26).
So, are we to give 33% to Caesar and 10% to God? And a question many people ask is, would that 10% be off our gross or net income?
Well, the fact is the N.T. doesn't give a percentage of what we should give to God. Instead it says, "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share." (1Tim 6:18).
Doesn't that open up the percentage due God to be beyond 10%? The verse is commanding us to be generous at all times....which would probably go beyond a 10% bench mark if we were truly putting that command into practice. 😬
In fact, Jesus says in Luke 12:33, "Sell your possessions and give to the poor." He says this right after assuring his "little flock" not to worry about material possessions.
This reminds me of what I have heard my husband say often, "You can never out give God."
So, when I ponder how much I am to give to God, I'm not going to let that 10% mark hold me back from trying to out give God!
If it is "more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35), I want to be more blessed!
Again, in the words of my husband, "Do you want to be blessed off of gross or net?"