Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Do You Tithe Your Tax Refund?

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We are tithing people at our house. In other words, we give the first 10% of our paycheck to God via our church (Malachi 3:10).  And since we believe that we are to give the first 10% of our income ("firstfruits" and the "full tithe"), we tithe off of our gross income.  In other words, the first money we give is to God...and THEN we pay our taxes.

So that being said, we just got our tax refund back last week (I know, early, right?).  It was awesome.  And as I was writing out the amount of our tithe that week the question occurred to I to tithe this?  I mean, it is a blessing to get the refund in the first place.  However, since this is money I overpaid the government, haven't I already tithed the portion associated with this money?

So I did not tithe the refund.

Don't get my wrong.  I know God will bless any gifts so when in doubt, give all you can.  = ) This was just a question that crossed my mind in thinking what I was supposed to do.

What do you think?  Is this selfish to do?  Is it completely selfish of me to even ASK this question?  Where do you weigh in on this?