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:
- The Prosperity Test: How God Blessed Me Triple in 16 days: In this post Sean Si shares his testimony of tithing. He was expecting a red month but as a result of testing God with his tithes he signed 3 new contracts.
- 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.
- 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?
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”?