You’ve tried clipping coupons, selling stuff, and tightening the budget so much that even the ceramic piggy bank on the dresser is getting skinny.
But have you followed the teaching in Malachi [3:10]? It’s a test. No, not a test that requires you to fill in little circles with a #2 pencil or require a 500 word essay – it’s actually a request to test God. Yes, God says we should test him!
“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 enough room for it” – Malachi [3:10]
You get to be the facilitator of the pop quiz. You are in charge. Assigning the test is up to you. You just have to do what I did: Step out in faith and realize this is not the pastor trying to get into your wallet. This is God trying to get you to be more like his Son, the one who gave it all. Not just 10%.
Tithing while in debt
Often we use math as a way to explain away our need to give money. “I have too much debt. How can I be expected to tithe when I barely have enough to pay my bills”? Great question. But the answer does not live in the math. The answer lives in the Tithing Equation
I make no guarantees about what your blessings will be. I can’t tell you that you’ll get a raise or that your credit cards will mysteriously drop the interest rates on the outstanding balance. However, God promises to pour so many on you that you won’t have enough room for it so I expect there to be some changes in your finances.
The Tithing Equation
Still not convinced? Since there is no way to measure more blessings than we have room for we need to come up with a mathematical equation:
90% + God > 100% – God
Test God for 100 days and see if he doesn’t deliver. I would bet you will find things are noticeably better – even if it were only for 10 of those 100 days.
Have you ever felt blessed after giving?