Today during Sunday School the subject of tithing and its relevance in today's day and age was raised. We had a really nice discussion about the topic, and were able to use the scriptures to determine God's take on the subject.
The discussion reminded me of another blog I read last week. The author shared her thoughts on tithing and giving here. I have been reading her blog for a few weeks, thanks to a referral from Mary. I find her thoughts and posts encouraging.
Shannon and I discussed this some more while cooking lunch, and observed that it is often said when discussing tithing and offerings that "Whenever you give, God will give you more in return". This is true, but not necessarily monetarily. He may choose to bless us with friends, spiritual growth, or simply contentment with our circumstances. It's also important to remember that the bible also says to first give yourself to the Lord--for service (II Cor. 8:5).
"He who gives to the poor will not lack..." Proverbs 28:27