The word “hacker” has gotten a bad rap. The word came to represent people who were technologically savvy but caused havoc for fun and profit.
Real hackers aren’t anything like that.
Real hackers are people who create, push boundaries, redefine what can be done, and ultimately change the world. Real hackers are not just confined to software or electronics–they are in all walks of life. Here is the common criteria:
- They push the envelope.
- They destroy to recreate.
- They do the impossible.
- They ultimately change the world.
Anyone can be a hacker. All you have to do is care enough about the thing you want to hack, roll up your sleeves, get to work, and get it done.
So again this site is not just about tithing, it’s about becoming a “tithe hacker.”
Definition of a Tithe hacker
A Tithe-hacker is
A person who gives over and above what is “required” in response to the needs of society and their love for God.
Tithe-hackers are littered throughout the Bible. They have a special place in the Heart of God:
- Abel was a tithe-hacker in that he went above and beyond, giving God his best sacrifice.
- When constructing the Tabernacle the Children of Israel were tithe-hackers. They gave so much that Moses had to tell them to stop giving.
- King David was a tithe-hacker. He gave his best to God during his life, even refusing to give God anything that cost him nothing. Correspondingly, as he was nearing death he gave his entire fortune towards the building of God’s House and encouraged Israel to do the same.
- A poor widow was a tithe-hacker. While the rich were giving away their spare change this woman gave all she had; catching the attention of Jesus and became an example for all time
- Zacchaeus was a tithe-hacker. While in the Presence of Jesus he told Him he would give half his possessions to the poor and would pay back four times as much to anyone he cheated. According to his giving and sacrifice Jesus called him a son of Abraham.
- The early church was a tithe-hacking church. They sold all their possessions to help the church and move the work of God forward.
- The Church at Macedonia was a tithe-hacking church. They gave abundantly out of their poverty and became the standard of a generous church.
The mission of this blog is simple:
To Stir Up a Revolution of Radical Giving.
Who’s the Author
My name is Mike Holmes.
Before I started this blog my life was a mess.
I couldn’t make ends meet. I had trouble holding a steady job for long. My wife (God bless her) loved me, but lost almost all respect for me. Our marriage was on its last leg. She was pregnant with our 2nd child and was considering leaving. As I said she loved me but with the tight finances, the tense atmosphere, my bad attitude, and my constant complaining it was getting to her.
I knew it was fault. I didn’t want to admit but I knew.
It was so obvious that when we went to marriage counseling, told both our sides, even I realized how much I messed everything up. The counselors, my wife, and I (even though I didn’t admit it at the time) were in unanimous agreement: I was the problem.
I was working a job that couldn’t pay the bills because I left my job that COULD pay the bills because the supervisors “weren’t treating me right.” Truth is: they weren’t treating me right because I wasn’t hitting my sales numbers; I refused help because I KNEW how to fix it and didn’t put in the necessary work. I was too “smart” for my own good!
I had no car. The bus and my feet were my main transportation. If I had to go somewhere I used my wife’s car and said it was “ours.” Even though I put little to no money towards it.
Oh… did I mention? I was saved.
Actually, I was saved for a good number of years. I read my bible, studied it, went to church, was active and well liked. But I would complain, find the negative in things, and was always angry for some reason…even behind the smile.
Some nights I’d find it hard to sleep. I kept seeing better but I had no way to make it happen. I was frustrated and distressed. I went to bed tired, woke up tired, and could see no way out.
The Tithing “Experiment”
I was at the end of my rope.
Something had to change but I didn’t know what. So I went to God for advice. I said, “God my life is not going the way I want. I don’t know how to fix it. What do I do?” A second later I heard the answer:
“Tithing, ” I said. “Lord, I NEED money I don’t have money to give away!!”
But the answer was clear: THAT was what I needed to do.
I wish I could tell you I went out and immediately did what “thus saith the Lord.” But no…I did what any “winner” would do: I procrastinated.
I put it off.
I said, “I’ll get around to it.”
But the urge was strong: I knew that was the answer. But I will admit: the fear was as strong as the urge. But then I remembered the world famous tithing verse of the whole Bible:
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. If you do,’ says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put Me to the test!'” Malachi 3:10 NLT
“Try it! Put me to the test!”
Those words leaped off the page for me!!
There was no sense in running anymore. I asked for an answer and got it. It was time to obey what I heard.
So I decided to do a tithing “experiment.” What was it: for one year I would tithe on every dollar I received. On top of that I would document what happened as a result and see if there was any difference. It would be my personal case study in tithing.
Long story short: I did the experiment. For the sake of time I won’t go into the specifics of the case study. If you’d like to see what happened (the ups AND downs) you can click on the button below:
I don’t want to spoil the ending but I will tell you something that did happen: in the year I “experimented” I was fired from the job I had and still somehow ended the year debt free!!!!
After the Experiment
Am I millionaire now? No. Not yet at least
But things have definitely gotten better. My family life definitely has gotten better:
I’ve been promoted a few times at my current job and am seeing His Hand of blessing there.
But the most important thing: I’m seeing the favor of God at work in my life in a new way. My understanding of certain Kingdom Laws have deepened. Things I never knew, things I didn’t want to know I now get to share with you through this blog.
If you still think tithing and giving are not for you…that’s perfectly fine.
But if something has sparked your interest I want to encourage you to stick around for the ride. Grab the my case study (testimony), sign up for the newsletter, and let your own personal tithehacking journey begin!