“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)
God promises to provide for you everything that you need, so why not give to Him? Why not tithe?
It’s All His.
Tithing can be a really touchy subject among Christians. We work very hard for our money, and we don’t want to hear that we should give any of it away. It’s a good thing to be responsible in protecting your assets, but if you hold on too tight, you miss the big picture—it’s all His anyway.
So what better way to bank your money than to surrender it to God? He desires to be recognized for His provision and justly so. He sees a tithe as a precious gift and considers it holy (Lev. 27:30). And when you do tithe, He gives it back to you (Pro. 3:9-10).
He Gives It Back.
As a new mom, I am often tired, overwhelmed, and run-down. I feel like I can barely get any traction in my daily life, and I struggle to get everything done. Finding time to spend with God and the church sometimes seems impossible. I just don’t have the extra time to give.
When I get overwhelmed like this, my husband often uses this potent example from his college days. Johnny was taking a full work load of classes, doing ROTC physical training early every morning, and working night shifts as a security guard. Sleep was a precious commodity, and he tended to be very protective of it. In all of his busyness, he was struggling to spend satisfactory time with God. A friend suggested that he stay up an hour later at night to read his Bible and talk to God. He thought this was crazy, but he tried it anyways. Johnny needed that sleep, but he surrendered the time to God, and God gave it back to him and faithfully supplied him with the energy that he needed to get through the next day.
It’s A Love Offering
Even though the dictionary definition of tithe is to give goods or money, I think that tithing also encompasses deeper spiritual giving. It calls for a sacrifice of yourself and of your own desires. This is a sacrifice that is born out of love for God and obedience, not out of compulsory duty.
This decision to tithe of yourself requires that you bring your full self into God’s house and be open and sensitive to His calling. As you feel led, give your resources of money, time, talent, and passion to support the church and to build the kingdom of God in your community. You will find that God will use everything that you give for Himself, and then He will return it to you in plenty and in ways that you never expected.
So, when you tithe, don’t hold anything back.
God is asking you to trust Him with yourself and your earthly affairs. When you hold on too tight to what you think is best and to your own common sense, you might miss out on the bountiful blessings that God has for you.
I tithe and the windows of heaven open with such a blessing I can’t contain it all! (Malachi 3:10, Driving Reflections–Blessing / Prosperity)