“I will bless you…, so that you will be a blessing” (Geneses 12: 2).
The Lord Blessed Abraham so that he would be a blessing. The Lord blessed Israel so that they would be a blessing to the rest of the world. And the Lord blesses each and every follower of Jesus for exactly the same reason.
All we have is really God’s. Everything in our bank accounts, closets, and garages. All of it belongs to God. For our short stint on earth, we are merely stewards. The essence of the word stewardship is that we are mere caretakers of God’s stuff.
So, when it comes to the 10% tithe, we are simply giving back to God what’s his in the first place. However, studies show that Christians give away around 2.5% of their income. Compare this to the Great Depression when they gave away 3.3%! Church, we have some work to do.
If you are tithing or working toward a tithe each year, let me say to you: thank you, thank you, thank you! I know that you are experiencing the blessings that come with stepping out on faith.
But maybe you are nervous about the issue of giving. Here’s my advice: start where you are. If you have never considered tithing before, start this year by committing 1-3% of your income to God’s work. Increase it a little year by year, and before long you will be where you want to be. I promise that you will be blessed by your faithfulness.
In Malachi 3: 10, the Lord says, “Put me to the test…; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” God doesn’t want to just fill your cup. He wants to put so much in there that it overflows to the saucer! In fact, he says to test him in this!
Now this doesn’t mean that God will give you more wealth. I’m not preaching a prosperity Gospel here. But God will give you more what you need. Maybe that is joy, peace, contentment, or something else that has seemed elusive for you. Trust the Lord to supply your every need.
Still nervous about working toward a tithe? Commitment Sunday will be Sunday, October 21 in all three services. I dare you to put God to the test!