My husband and I had four children by the age of 25. Living off of one salary at such a young age means there has never been hardly any money. We’ve been through a pretty long season of lack and at one point we got discouraged, frustrated and even felt hopeless about our finances. But then we came together in prayer and agreed that we were going to tithe more money. We had only been tithing 2% of our gross income, because we felt we couldn’t afford any more. But we decided to take a step of faith and tithe more to show our hearts towards God. We didn’t want to be ruled by our finances. It was all we thought about because we didn’t have very much of it. God showed me that if I can’t take care of my finances who better to do the job than Him??
In Malachi 3:8 God tells the people that they are cheating him. They didn’t understand how they were cheating God so He made it very clear to them.
You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due my name.
Did you know you can cheat God with your tithe? Tithing to God is not adding to his heavenly treasure chest. It’s a test of our hearts. And when we surrender our lives to him and tithe what is due his name he promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so great we won’t be able to contain it (Malachi 3:10). Wow, that’s pretty incredible. Is this our view on tithing? Are we trusting God for his provision, blessing and abundance in our whole lives or are we just upset that we have to give away money we can’t afford? Tithing our money is only a portion of our tithe. Jesus fulfilled the law, so we are no longer required to give a set amount of money.
We are called to love God with ALL our heart, ALL our strength, and ALL our mind. Matthew 22:37
Are we giving God our ALL? Or just the parts of us that we want? Tithing money is an insight into our heart attitude towards God. It’s is the one thing God says to test him in. But how can God expect us to tithe all the time? There was once a widow who was poor, very, very poor. And brought her tithe to church and gave what she had. It was all she had and it was still a tiny amount. But Jesus made her an example for all of us in Mark 12:43-44.
She gave out of her need, not out of her surplus. So often we’re happy to tithe as long as we have enough left over. But what happens when there is nothing left over? Do we stop tithing because God will understand I need this money to pay bills? Giving God control over our finances is freedom from the love of money, which is the root of all kinds of evil*.
Tithing is a Godly principle that changes our heart towards him and brings blessing and release into our lives. Are you lacking in an area of your life? Do you feel tied down by your finances? Take the step of faith and tithe out of your need, like the widow, and not out of your surplus and trust in God to provide for all of your needs according to His riches and glory. Phillipians 4:19.
* 1 Timothy 6:10