For years I knew I should tithe. But I never did. That’s when I read this from the Bible:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse–the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the store house, 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. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty. -Malachi 3:8-12 NIV
During the most daring financial time in our lives, we decided to tithe. I was out of a job, and we didn’t know how we were going to get by if more than a few months passed without work. The Lord had instructed us to test him in this, and we did.
That’s about the time that the floodgates of heaven opened and poured out such a blessing we couldn’t contain it. It was amazing. Within two weeks of I had two job offers at the same time, and both offered benefits so exponentially better than the video store, I was actually frustrated that I had to make a choice! My income almost quadrupled. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not rich . . . yet.
At one point I pictured God sitting up in the heavens, smiling and finding it rather hilarious that I just couldn’t handle the blessing endowed to us.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that tithing is some kind of magical formula for increasing your income. Tithing is something that you need to do from your heart. You do it because it is the right thing to do.
We tithe 10% of our net earned income monthly. If we worked for the money, we tithe 10% of the money we obtained after taxes. Not everyone’s formula is the same, but this seemed like the most reasonable course of action. Leave us a comment to tell us what you think!
I challenge you to tithe in the midst of storms. Try it! Remember, God is allowing you to keep 90% of God’s money. It’s all God’s anyway! Because one of our helpful financial principles is to spend the money we make this month next month, our tithe is always the culmination of last month’s income. This gives us month-to-month financial peace. It is much easier to budget this way.
I am convinced that the longer you tithe, the easier it will become. Let it be a part of your relationship with Jesus. You’ll be glad you did!