I’ve got some expenses in my business that I need to pay to keep money coming in.
For example, I pay for an email marketing program called Infusionsoft. It’s a $200/month expense that I must continue paying because it’s got all of my leads, my opportunities, my email addresses, and is how I communicate about new services coming up. It’s fundamental to the existence of my business, and there’s no way I’m cutting that expense.
I realize that Infusionsoft has a business to run. They have thousands of employees that include all the customer support and programmers that keep the program running. My $200 is necessary for them to keep their business going so they can continue to help me reach my goals.
I also see my church tithe as a non-negotiable expense too. I like to look at it as a “membership fee” like I do with Infusionsoft. I go to church once a week to worship and receive a great message. In return, my tithe keeps the lights on and their bills being paid. No different than paying for my email marketing program monthly subscription fee, my tithe is my “fixed expense” to the church for offering such a great service to my family and me.
But we entrepreneurs can sometimes get behind on bills, and work slows down, so we look to cut expenses. Usually, we look at the tithe and tell ourselves “well, God will understand, I’ll make up for it later when I have the money.”
There are major problems with this thought that we need to change right away!
Christian financial management is all about managing our money according to God’s plan, not our own. If God commands in the bible that the tithe is an expense that is non-negotiable, then our financial management plan needs always to include a line-item to pay for that membership (the tithe). God needs that church to keep running so that His message gets out.
If God can’t use us and our business to support the church, He’ll give the money to another entrepreneur that will…
The bible says:
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.(Proverbs 3:9-10)
When you tithe, you are showing God that we have our priorities straight in our finances. You are letting Him that you and your business are committed to keeping the lights on at HIS place of worship – your church. What God uses your business supports your church.
The reason I bring up the tithe as a “membership fee” is so that you would possibly think differently about it. You’ve probably heard the pastor at your church give all the various verses of tithing, but maybe nobody’s ever put it to you in this way.
Personally, if I want to make a change of habit in my life, I have to think differently than I did before to jolt my brain into a new pattern.
The same way we put aside money to pay for critical things like rent, cell phone, and car, we need to plan for the tithe in our financial budget. It should be a line item expense that we can’t operate our business without paying.
Godpreneur Money Rule #16: Godpreneurs honor God’s plan and purpose for tithing. We allow God to use our business to support our church and it’s growth.