“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, NKJV)
John Wesley once said, “The last part of a man to be saved is his wallet.” (my interpretation). So often though, it’s true. Many are used to living paycheck-to-paycheck; just getting by, but that isn’t God’s best. In order to live the abundant life God has for us, we are required to put our finances in His hands and trust Him with the tithe. You might ask, what about people who don’t tithe, are not believers and are wealthy? They won’t one dime with them. When we tithe, we are sowing good seed into God’s kingdom and we will reap an eternal harvest.
“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase.” (Proverbs 3:9, NKJV). The first fruits are the first part. In other words, while a tithe is, by definition, a tenth, it is to be the first tenth. Well, does it really matter, as long as we give the tenth back to God? I believe it does. It’s a matter of honor. The Bible says, “those who honor Me I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30, NKJV). Faith pleases God! To put it another way, put God first and He will put you first.
A familiar tithing passage says this, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. (Malachi 3:8, NKJV) Why would this be an issue? Because God partners with us to extend the message of His Kingdom. In this context, God considers the tithe the minimum requirement. If we trust Him with it, He can multiply our income and our ability to give generously, while also covering our expenses.
We are talking about the supernatural power of the tithe. As we know, “The Word of God is living and powerful.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV) The Word of God has the Life of God in it; you might say it carries within it, God’s DNA. Where He sends it, it prospers, and it will prosper for you, if you believe it.
A few years ago, we were struggling financially. I went to the Lord and told Him I’d like to double my income, and I asked Him how to do it. He clearly told me to double my tithe. I thought, “where is that going to come from?” But we did so obediently, with faithful persistence. A few months later, I went to our church board and said, I either needed a raise or I would have to change career paths. They voted and unanimously decided to double my pay. I hadn’t told them what my need was.
I encourage you to trust God today. Put your finances in His hands by committing to tithing. God is faithful! He will supply your needs and bless you along the way.
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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