By Mau Obon
GOD is an ultra-powerful, can turn stone into bread, and water into wine being. So why is he asking for a portion of our earnings? If the Church truly belongs to God, surely, He will take care of Her needs without us giving anything, right? Nope.
God does not need our offerings, it is us who need to tithe. When we do not tithe, we get to miss some blessings, like:
Money Mastery. Giving once, or twice in a year is no challenge. But setting aside one-tenth of our earnings each month, can be nerve racking. It’s like sticking to a healthy diet, when we’re so used to eating junk.It takes discipline and consistency. Once we start tithing however, we start to see money in a different way. It opens the mind and money is viewed for what it truly is, just a tool, not the master.
Joy. The happiest people are givers. Tithing is how we express our gratitude to God for all that He gave us. When we give out of gratitude, our focus is on how blessed we are and not on what life is depriving us. Joy comes when we learn to live our lives as if everything were a miracle.
Detachment from Material Things.Every time we let go of our money, we expect to get something back, that is concrete, valuable and important to us. But tithing is like giving away our earnings, for nothing. That’s why, it hurts. It crushes our expectation of GETTING something in return, instead, it turns us into GIVERS. Materialism is all about getting, and its antidote is tithing, which is all about giving.
Trust in God. One of the reason which puts us off from tithing is the fear of not having enough for our needs. Fact is, we can never really have enough money no matter how much we are making. When we tithe, especially in those times that we are so hard up, we become a bit like that widow who gave her two mites. We learn to allow God to take care of our needs. Tithing can be difficult, but God dares us to tithe in Malachi 3:10: “Bring the tithes in full to the treasury, so that there is food in my house; put me to the test now like this, says Yahweh Sabaoth, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you and pour out an abundant blessing for you.”
Overflow of Blessings. We open our hands when we tithe. We do the same when we receive something. Our fingers should not be curled into our palms if we want to be blessed. Luke 6:38 says: “Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.”
Indeed, God cannot be outdone in generosity.So let’s do tithing and put God to the test.