I picked up my almost three year old from daycare and grabbed his daily snack the school hands out at the end of each day. That particular day it was Rice Krispie treats — YUM. As our usual routine went, I held the snack until we got into the car. I buckled him in his seat and started opening his sweet treat. As the anticipation for his snack (and the hunger in my stomach) grew, I decided to take a small corner of the treat and quickly gobble it down. I’m talking not even an-inch-wide-and-a-half-inch-thick piece on the corner. It was hardly even enough to leave a taste in my mouth. After taking that crumb, I handed the remainder to my son. He immediately started panicking because he saw me eat the corner and wanted that piece too. I told him he had the bigger piece and needed to share. I shut the door and walked to the drivers side. As I sat down, I realized he still wasn’t over the fact that I ate a piece. He was so upset over not getting the whole Rice Krispie treat that he wouldn’t even eat the much bigger piece in his hand.
Then God gave me a visual.
How often do we act the same way with our money? When God asks us to tithe (a very small amount) off of any increase in money, why do we whine and make excuses that we don’t have enough money to give back what was His to begin with? When tithing, we get to keep the bigger portion of our pay checks! God promises a blessing attached to tithing. The more you give, the more you’ll receive.
A few months back I wrote a blog post about being scammed. I explained how I believed God allowed that situation to unfold because I was allowing money to be my god. The timing of losing that money was absolutely terrible, seeing as I had saved the money for a large attorney fee that was scheduled to pay the day after I was scammed. While the timing was terrible for me, it was exactly what God wanted. That situation really catapulted me into a much deeper, trust-filled relationship with God. Like stated in the book of James, I thank God for the trials that come because I know it means I have the choice to draw closer to the Lord or to back away from Him. I’m glad I chose to press into God when I lost all of that money. Through that situation I learned that without faith in God, we will fall apart.
A few months after the scam, I received a letter in the mail stating all of the money I lost was waiting for me to be picked up. While it was wonderful I would get the money back, what was more incredible was that God provided the money at the perfect time. I had another upcoming payment that I wasn’t sure would’ve been paid for had the money not been returned to me. God’s timing is perfect timing.
I’ve never been a person that gets caught up on wanting more money. I’ve never been one to withhold money from someone in need. Since I was a young girl, I often prayed God would bless me with money so I could give it all away to people who are less fortunate. I also knew the importance of tithing when I prayed that prayer. I believed that in order to receive more money, I had to give more to God.
I’m a single mother that pays bills and works in order to keep my child in a nice school. I don’t make an over abundance of money, but I make just enough to survive. I believe the reason I’m able to pay for every bill is because of the principle of tithing.
The bible promises an attached blessing to tithing.
“Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.”
Malachi 3:8-10 NKJV
This scripture is one of the only – if not the only – scripture that God says to test Him. Some may not agree, but I believe any person that tithes – whether a believer or not – will see an abundance of blessings attached to their tithing. It’s hard for people to comprehend how giving more means receiving more, but it’s something God makes very clear in scripture. However, the Bible also implies that tithing is associated with the position of our hearts.
“Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
Mark 12:41-44 NKJV
When I lost all of the money I had during the scam, I had a period of time that I worried and cried and grew angry at myself. Once the brief period of worry passed, I rejoiced. I had nothing to hold me back from giving my all to Jesus. Even though I love to give, I never realized how stingy I was in my giving until I had nothing. Now that I’ve placed Jesus as my sole provider, I don’t worry about money anymore. I don’t worry bills won’t be paid. I don’t worry about needs (and wants) never being met. I trust the Lord as my accountant.
I don’t believe God asks us to tithe because he’s a greedy God and wants money. I believe he wants us to tithe in order to keep our hearts in check. Tithing allows us to take the focus of money on our own needs, and turns it into focusing on another’s needs. He’s saving our hearts from becoming completely tarnished and selfish. When we tithe and have our hearts right before the Lord, I fully believe he will bless us.
Instead of clinching so tightly to the paycheck received that your fingers turn white, let’s remember to tithe the first 10% back to God. I PROMISE if you do, you’ll see a blessing develop in your finances and even in your personal life. I even encourage you to give until it hurts. Give more than just a little and watch God make ends meet. Give back to the Lord with the mindset that you’re giving back what is rightfully His.