When it comes to the pillar of power that is the economic quadrant, almost all of us are inside the gates. We work to make money. We drag ourselves to work in order to pay our bills. We’re trying to make ends meet. This is a skewed view of our professions.
Abundance vs. Survival
Our finances aren’t just for “making ends meet.” Money is meant to bless us. Our money is intended to be a blessing to others. Furthermore, money is meant to be a test. It is a tool God uses to test our faithfulness and obedience. Our spending habits reveal who we identify as the source. Stewardship wisdom is required so that we can manage our finances following God’s will. The first fruits of our profit are not ours. It is sacred. As a tithe, it belongs to God.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need (Malachi 3:10).
When people go to work and do not tithe, they violate another aspect of the covenant. They rob God through tithes and offerings. They do not offer to God the best part of their salary.
A lot of people do not see sense in tithing. They find it hard to surrender a significant portion of their money to God. However, if you think about it, God was the One who gave us the ability to produce wealth. The wealth we have comes from Him. God was the One who opened channels so that He could send us the provisions we pray for.
Nothing is Yours Anyway
Technically, everything we have is God’s. He only asks for 10% as a sign of your commitment to Him. It is a manifestation of our faith. It demonstrates that we acknowledge God as the source. You will feel fear and anxiety when giving your tithes if you recognize yourself as the source.
You are conscious of your limited (or non-existent) ability to generate wealth. However, if you know that you have an Unlimited Source, obeying God will be a piece of cake. After all, you understand and acknowledge that you are only a steward of whatever He has entrusted you.
As an Insider of God, you can see your job and the money you earn as an opportunity to demonstrate to Him how much you trust Him. It is a place where you can “test” God and allow Him to act powerfully on your behalf. When you tithe, you are dedicating your finances to God. You declare that all of your finances, not just the 10%, are sacred. How can you tithe if you don’t work? How can you give the first fruits of your wealth to God?
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