I'm talking about money.
Read on if you dare.
Yes, these are economically unsettling times for all of us.
Everyone has been affected in some way by this financial depression.
But that doesn't change the fact that we've been called to obedience to our Lord.
Tithing is a bit of a controversial topic. This is mostly due to the fact that a majority of Christ followers would rather not talk about finances and would prefer to be left alone in their sin. Yes, I went there. NOT tithing is a sin. It is direct disobedience to the God we call Almighty. If I were you, I wouldn't mess with that.
Check out Malachi 3:6-10:
6 "I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty.
"But you ask, 'How are we to return?'
8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.
"But you ask, 'How do we rob you?'
"In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
Umm, hello???? This is completely relevant to our nation...right now. We are in sin--we are robbing God. Sure, we drop a few coins in every once in a while OR maybe we even give $20 regularly. But if we are not giving at least a tenth of our (gross--first fruits) income to the Lord then yes, I'm afraid you ARE robbing God. Because of our selfishness and greed, we have given the Lord no other choice than to curse our nation. We are reaping the harvest of our disobedience.
Disciples of Jesus, I charge you to run from your lukewarm behaviors. Either you love God with ALL of your heart, all of your money, all of your life OR you don't--in which case He doesn't know you. Do you trust the Creator of this universe, of chocolate, of C# minor, of childbirth, of wind to care for YOU? If he takes care of the birds through winter and creates lilies in all their glory, how much more will he provide for ME and you?
I dare you to take the Lord's challenge. Will you bring the WHOLE tithe into His house? Even when you're not sure if you can afford a gallon of milk this week or whether or not you'll get another paycheck? Will you trust him?
I promise you, out of my own life's testimony, he is faithful. Give when you think you cannot and God will surely open the floodgates of heaven onto your life. And you will know it was His provision and you will give HIM the glory--because that, my friends, is the whole point of our lives.
Tithing has worked in my life--giving back to God what He entrusted me with in the first place always results in blessings I could not have imagined. Join me.
This post is participating in Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family.