To Tithe or not to Tithe.... That is the question!
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 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 there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:8-10). Many people have questions about tithing and giving to the Church, and God’s word has a lot to say about it! Money is mentioned over 800 times in the bible. It is no secret that money plays a huge part in our life. Money is also one of the top reasons married couples separate. Money is a big deal.
Kenyatta and I view tithing as an obedience and trust/faith act. Kenyatta and I realized that we had to trust GOD with all things including our precious money. How can one say they truly trust but their actions are contrary? The bible says bring the whole tithe in the store house not the portion that you want to give or the portion that you do not want. The bible is clear about giving to God what rightfully belongs to God. I can pretend that we were super excited about giving a tenth of our income to the Church but that would not be the truth. The truth is early on we struggled with this concept. Honestly, we made excuse after excuse to give what we wanted to give whether than what we needed to give. We identified early on in our relationship that we were weak in this area in our faith and decided to do something about. Kenyatta took the lead and set up our bank account so that the tithes would get automatically withdrawn each month like a bill. We gave God his money first. Some months are better than others. However, we have never lacked for anything and God’s favor and Grace has continued to keep us. Think about it in this simple way. If GOD gave you ten apples, he only requires you to only give him one apple back and you get to keep the remaining nine apples. That does not seem like a bad deal to me!
If you do not have the means to give financially, give what you can. There was a widow woman in Mark 12:41-44 that gave two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents but it was her very last. There were also many rich people that threw in large amounts to that same offering. Jesus called his disciples to him and said truly I tell you, this poor widow has given more than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth but she out of her poverty.
Another example is Abraham in the Genesis 22:1-18 who prayed for a child in his old age and God asked him to give his son back as a sacrifice. Abraham was willing to sacrifice that which he really loved back to God. God call Abraham blessed because he was obedient to God’s word. Many of us love money, many of us pray that God will bless us financially, however we are not willing to do as Abraham did and give that which we love back to God. If Kenyatta and I could give you one piece of advice that we have learned as it relates to tithing it would be trust God with everything even your precious money.