“Money, Get Back…I’m alright Jack, keep your hands off of my stack” (-R. Waters)

07/25/18

“Money, Get Back…I’m alright Jack, keep your hands off of my stack” (-R. Waters)

“” 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 you will not have room enough for it.’” (Malachi 3:10)

Each time Shelly and I come to a new church we must decide how much to tithe. It is not always an easy conversation, but it does take the same shape each time. We agree without discussion on ‘why’ we tithe; because we have been blessed repeatedly through our tithes and offerings and trust God uses our gifts and multiplies them exponentially. We agree as well on ‘what’ we tithe; we tithe our financial resources, our time, counseling and volunteering both at church and at other needy institutions. We also tithe our presence, showing up to participate in holy activities wherever we are called to do so.

What is left is our discussion on the “Hows” of our tithing.

The first “How” is easy. How do we physically tithe our financial resources?
Having struggled with budgets and finances in the past, we give our financial tithes directly out of our paycheck before we ever see the gifts or have access to the monies. Yes, I may have to give up a few compulsive trips to Forest Hills Foods, but we know that that money will not be missed and is not ours, but belongs instead to God. It is earmarked for God’s storehouse, the church, such as mentioned in Malachi 3 above. One church member at Genesis told me that after they switched from electronic giving to hand to mouth giving they became far less consistent in their tithing.

The Second “How” of tithing is the more difficult of the “Hows”. “How Much”? The Bible tells us that 10% of everything we receive should be given to God before we begin to plan our budget. Jesus also tells us in Luke that our tithing reflects our attitude and preparation to receive blessings:
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore, if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” Luke 16:10-11.

I ask all of us to look at where we are as a church. I believe because of your faithfulness as a church family, God is ready to do exciting new things here at Genesis. May we feel and support, financially, our new energy. I ask you today to pray this week about the “Hows” and “How Much” of your tithing and to give boldly in faith. Let us start a fire of possibilities through the boldness of our giving. Others will surely come to see those open doors burn with passion of the Holy Spirit. Praise be to the great provider of all we will ever need. Amen.

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