Tithing is Not The Lottery: Don’t Let Anyone Sell You a Ticket

Tithing as a Lottery ticket

It really infuriates me when people sell tithing as a lottery. You know the type,

“Bring up your seed and in 30 days expect a 1000 fold increase!!”

If you didn’t get it though…you didn’t have enough faith.


This is one of the things that turn people off to tithing. Rather, than see it being used as a way to honor God it’s used as a sales pitch.

Let me tell you one thing: the blessing that you’re looking for takes time. Don’t get me wrong there are great testimonies of instantaneous breakthrough:

  • My Tithing Experience: Bob Lotich of Christian Personal Finance shares that when he started tithing the NEXT day he got a completely unexpected raise.

But for the most part: it may not happen when YOU want to happen.

Sorry to break it to you:
  • God doesn’t punch your clock.
  • You are NOT His boss.

I love you…so I figured it was best you heard it from me ;)

On the other hand…

…the blessings are coming. Don’t be deceived into thinking other wise. God honors those who honor Him.

So what do you do when you’re sowing and nothing is happening?

Keep sowing.

Keep giving.

Keep praying.

Keep believing.

Don’t you dare quit!

As Rick Renner points out, the Greek word used for sowing depicts a continual process:

The Greek tense does not denote a single, one-time sowing; rather, it pictures a person who continually, habitually sows. Therefore, it could be translated, “Whatsoever a man sows, sows, sows, and sows – and keeps on habitually sowing and sowing and sowing….” In other words, this describes a constant, steady, perpetual sowing of seed. And if you sow this seed steadily and faithfully, God’s promise is that you will reap a harvest. The word for “reap” is in the same Greek tense, meaning that it could be translated, “You will reap, reap, reap, and reap – and keep on habitually reaping and reap­ing and reaping.”

The reason most people walked away disgusted and scoffing at this promise is that they never really put it to the test! They sowed once and waited for a harvest. When nothing happened, they threw up their arms and said it didn’t work. But those who keep on habitually sowing and sowing and sowing as a manner of lifestyle are the ones who eventually reap and reap and reap as the mani­fold blessings of God come pouring back into their lives.

The level at which you sow determines the level you will reap. Sow a little, and you’ll reap a little. Sow a lot, and you’ll reap a lot. Sow inconsistently, and you’ll reap inconsistently. Sow regu­larly, and you will reap regularly.

Your harvest is on THE way, don’t be deceived into thinking otherwise!

Has anybody ever tried to sell you a “ticket”?

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  1. Yes, my brother! There’s not lottery tickets in the Bible. I think the problems with treating any donation as “seed” money are huge.. First there’s the dishonest ministers who are just trying to get your money, then there’s the lopsided focus on me and what I get out of it. Great post Michael!

    • Thanks Caleb!

      Personally I can see where people might get the definition of “seed” from. The Bible does say, “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)” (2 Corinthians 9:10 KJV) So I do believe in seedtime and harvest. That being said there are those dishonest ministers that abuse this principle.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Excellent post. I hate it when people promote tithing as some gimmick to reap some quick financial return. I have seen so many people disappointed from this false teaching. Tithing is a matter of the heart and not the wallet.

    • Amen!

      It is a very popular gimmick…and many people will be disappointed if they’re looking for a 3 month ROI. Glad you enjoyed it Bernard.

  3. Some seeds take YEARS to harvest. Sometimes we will never see the harvest but we can trust that God sees and that our efforts will be rewarded in this life or the next.
    If we do something simply to get a “reward” now, then that is our reward. Where our treasure is, that’s where our hearts are. I want my heart to be Kingdom minded and not focused on what I get now. Everything I need, God supplies, I trust Him to bring increase in HIS timing and in HIS way.

  4. Great thoughts here. The low of sowing and reaping is a principle. If we sow God reaps but not in the timing or ways we always expect.

  5. Great post! Tithing is such a privilege!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Larry Poole says:

    I really enjoyed this post. Blessing are a by-product, but not the reason we give. We give as worship.

    Keep up the great work. I’ll definitely be back.

    • Thank you Larry. I really appreciate that. Worship is really central to our giving. The minute we forget that the minute we lose sight of what this really is about.

      I cant wait to see you back ;)

  7. Absolutely on point Mike because when most preach or teach that they are teaching from their own selfish beliefs. I wholeheartedly know that you must tithe and give in abundance with a loving heart so that lives can be changed including your own. What a great message.

  8. Thanks Lincoln! I appreciate that.

    I personally believe in seedtime and harvest. So as we give in abundance, God then gives back to us in abundance, so we can then give again in abundance. It really is awesome when you think about it.

    And I had to speak against this because the extremes were really scaring people off to beauty of giving to God.

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