"We owe a lot of debts from a business failure. Recently I became a Christian. Should I tithe while I still owe these large debts? What does God except of me?"
"A farmer always keeps a portion of each harvest as seed tock to be planted next season. If he didn't, he could never grow another crop. As Christians, our tithes are our seed stock (2 Corinthians 9:10).
Proverbs 3: 9-10 says we are to honor God 'from the first of all our produce.' Therefore, the first portion of everything we receive belongs to God. It doesn't belong ot anybody else. even a creditor.
I have heard Christians say, "I don't think it honors God to tithe while I still owe a past due debt."
I could accept that argument if they would do just one thing for me: write the Internal Revenue Service and say, "I' sorry but I don't think I can pay taxes while I'm in debt. I'll wait until I get out of debt, and then I'll pay my taxes again."
Why do they pay their taxes? Because they fear the government. Proverbs 1:7 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
I've also had creditors call and say, "I don't see why I should take a reduces payment while they're giving to their church.
I simply share with the creditors the principle of the tithe - that it's a commitment to God, not to a church.
I also share an observation that those who tithe are almost always better money handlers, and as a result of their commitment to their creditors. Rarely does a creditor object after that. In fact, almost everyone respects the commitment, even though most aren't Christians themselves.
God's Word says: "And you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the first-born of your heard and your flock, in order that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always" (Deuteronomy 14: 23). And Proverbs 1: 7 says that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." If we tithe, God will give us knowledge (wisdom)."
Excerpt from a book by Larry Burkett titled: Financial Sampler