I’ve come to conclusion that most people see the inherent need of giving and most people aren’t against tithing.
Despite the arguments there are very strong PRO-tithers out there.
They believe it’s God’s will and that God in the long run honors it.
But they don’t do it.
Why? Because of financial constraints. They say, “How can I give away money, when I hardly HAVE any money?” I know. I used to say the SAME thing. I’d talk to God like He were a landlord and I was late with the rent:
Lord, You’ll get it when I get it!
So should you give when you hardly have? My answer: it really is up to you.
I know what its like to tithe from unemployment money and see NOTHING happen at all. It is extremely discouraging.
Again: it really does depend on you.
I, however, would encourage you to “test God.”
There ARE benefits to testing God with during hard times:
1. It Teaches Discipline
One of the great things systematic tithing does is that it teaches discipline. If we would be honest with ourselves we’d have to admit that the financial binds we were in (or are in) are our faults. Whether from mismanagement, waste, poor thinking that led to self-sabotage, and etc. We are, to a large extent, responsible for our financial histories.
Tithing teaches discipline. When you give away the 10 you learn to properly steward the remaining 90. You learn how to work with and do more with less. Tithing, like fasting is a spiritual discipline–unpleasant at the time but necessary.
And NO ONE can be an effective disciple without discipline.
2. It Changes You
The most famous promise of tithing is in Malachi 3:
“Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10 AMP)
I used to think that the blessing was just money.
But then God I realized God is always more concerned about the root of a thing and not just its fruit. For if you change the fruit without changing the root, you’ll get the same results over and over again. That’s why tithing is not a lottery ticket. You’re not going to bring up your “seed” and see a 1000 fold increase in a week!
It takes time. But the good thing is God uses that time to change and fix us. For He is more concerned about changing the man BEFORE changing his resources.
With tithing God changes us from people who give into givers; from people looking for wealth into wealthy people.
3. It Honors God
What do you think honors God more:
- A person who worships Him when things are going right?
- Someone who worships Him when everything is falling apart?
We already know the answer, don’t we?
This is why Jesus was so fixated with the widow woman who gave her last two coins. This is why Paul focused his attention on the Macedonian church who gave out of their poverty:
“We want to tell you further, brethren, about the grace (the favor and spiritual blessing) of God which has been evident in the churches of Macedonia [arousing in them the desire to give alms]; For in the midst of an ordeal of severe tribulation, their abundance of joy and their depth of poverty [together] have overflowed in wealth of lavish generosity on their part. For, as I can bear witness, [they gave] according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability; and [they did it] voluntarily.” (2 Corinthians 8:1-3 AMP)
At the end of the sacrifice of giving really does speak volumes!
Patrick Morley, best selling author and founder of one of Florida’s 100 largest privately held companies, was counseling a man who was deeply in debt with no savings. The man was not sure whether he should tithe or not give his situation. Patrick’s response:
“My own story is that, even though I faced bankruptcy every day for seven years, my wife and I tithed every penny we ever earned—actually more. And God has wonderfully provided for us. We have never lacked for anything. And I was spared from bankruptcy. My advice would be to keep tithing. I know it’s counter-intuitive, but God honors those who honor Him. You’re going to get through this. Make God bless your decision.”
Does God financially bless tithers? Yes. Absolutely! I can’t promise it’ll buy you a Benz but, in the long run, there is strong scientific correlation between tithing and prosperity.
Or in other words, God honors those who honor Him.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Should we continue giving during tough times? Why? Why not?