Tithing. One of the hardest things to get people to do, especially in a tight economy like we have today. However, the Bible says we should give ten percent to God. People grumble. They complain. They come up with every conceivable excuse not to. The electric bill is due, the kids need new shoes, etc.
I used to be in this boat until a friend of mine said something I never thought of. Did you know that everything you own is God’s? He owns your home, your flat screen TV, and your car. If it weren’t for Him, you would not have any of it. This holds true for your money. So basically God is allowing us to keep ninety percent of His money.
What an amazing way to look at it.
And once you do look at it that way, you realize He could be asking for a lot more. Ten percent is not much in the scheme of things. Imagine if He were asking for one-half. We’d be more than happy to tithe that ten percent.
By believing God is allowing us to keep ninety percent of His money, it makes 2 Corinthians 9:7 a lot easier to do. This passage states, Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
We are to give with a happy heart, not grumbling minds as most of us are so prone to do these days.
Perhaps the tithe can be a beginning way to acknowledge God as the owner of all things, but it is only a beginning and not an ending.” ― Richard J. Foster, Author of Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World _______________________________
I want you to do an experiment the next time you get paid. Divide your paycheck into ten percent and ninety percent. Now take away the ninety percent. Put it in a drawer for a moment. How would you feel if God only allowed you what He asks for? Could you live off ten percent?
We need to put things in perspective when it comes to giving back to God. Once we do, it makes it easier to tithe and to do it with a smile on our faces.
You won’t be denied entrance into Heaven for not tithing. However, if you’re not willing to give to God what He’s asking when it comes to your money, there are probably other areas in your life you’re lacking also. Start today to give God what is due. Since I’ve began tithing, I’ve never gone hungry or been unable to pay my bills. And I’ll almost bet you won’t have any problem in that regard either.
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