The Blessings of Tithing
How do you experience the blessings of tithing? What does it feel like and does it matter?
Do you drop your envelope in the basket and feel queasy about the upcoming credit card bills?
Or do you walk back to your seat feeling, confident, secure and capable?
Do you feel blessed or abused?
Often times, people who have never tithed have presupposed ideas about what it will feel like.
However, the reality can be quite the opposite.
I talked to four different tithers, and asked them;
What was it like the first time you tithed and how did it make you feel?
Here are the stories they shared about the blessings of tithing.
I’ve been talking about establishing 4 cornerstone habits in your life, as part of our start to the New Year. I believe that tithing is one of those 4 cornerstones, but you might be surprised why. So, if you haven’t already read those articles, be sure to go back and check them out because they’re really going to set you up for success this year.
“The first time I brought my tithe to church with me, I was really anxious about it. It hadn’t been easy to go to the ATM and withdraw $150.00 and just put it in that envelope to give away. I was paying off my student loans at the time and hadn’t really started my career yet so back then 150.00 was a lot. Anyways, when it came time for the tithes to be collected I remember just looking at that envelop in my hand and praying to God and saying, Ok God, here it is. It was really uneventful. The basket was passed down my row and I put the envelope in and the money was gone.
I took a deep breath and then was overcome with this deep sense of joy! Like gladness was just bubbling up inside of me. It’s really hard to explain and I definitely wouldn’t have expected it, but I was just so glad. I had done the hard thing, and I just sat there and smiled.
I tithe because of the deep sense of gratitude that I feel in my heart. I find that before I was a tither it was hard for me to see the blessings all around me. Maybe they weren’t even there. But once I made the decision to start tithing, I began to just appreciate things around me on a way deeper level. Then when I would bring my tithe to church on Sunday I would release it with this big thank you to God for everything He was doing in my life. I think that there are definitely a lot of blessings in tithing, but they’re not what you’d expect.
I was really scared to tithe. And when I heard the pastor talking about it there was this anger that would arise in my heart. Like I seriously would get sweaty palms and my face would get hot. Every time! I would actually scowl at the people who were taking their envelopes to the front to get their blessings from the pastor. I really felt like they were just trying to buy their way into heaven or something.
So it was actually a big shock to me when my husband said that he wanted to start tithing. The first time he brought it up my eyes were probably as big as saucers and I laughed in his face. Then I got mad. He didn’t just want to tithe his money, he wanted me to tithe off of my paycheck too. I really love the guy, and he was so insistent that my resistance to it could have probably caused us to get a divorce.
So I agreed to do it for 3 months.
I figured that three months of tithing was less than the cost of our marriage. And I made sure that it was clear that I was just testing this. I took him back to the bible verse about opening the floodgates of heaven and said, If we’re not seeing an improvement in our lives financially at the end of this three-month test, I quit and you’re not allowed to give me any grief about it.
So, that first Sunday we brought forth our tithes like all the other good girls and boys and got our power packed blessings and sat back down. We both had a very smug look on our faces. I’m sure God was highly amused by our antics.
The first month nothing changed.
The second month nothing changed.
I was ready to declare victory and close the case.
But then, I was called into my manager’s office and got an unexpected promotion. That promotion came with a raise and a company car. The old car that we had been making due with had been costing us money every other month because something always needed to be fixed. (actually, it hadn’t given us any issues in the last two months, but that’s beside the point)
Then, a friend of ours started a business making and selling fashion accessories, and asked me to be one of her influencers, which meant that she was giving me these beautiful pieces of jewellery to wear for free.
And, once we sold the old clunker of a car, we had just enough money to finish paying off the credit card bill that had a lingering balance of about $1800.00
I wanted to argue with my husband that it was all just a happy coincidence, but I had to admit that God, really decided to show off a bit and prove Himself faithful. Before the end of that 3-month test, I was making more money, had a new car, cool accessories and we were out of debt for the first time since we got that card.
I’m now committed to faithfully tithing because I tested it and saw the goodness of the Lord.
I grew up in the church and my parents never tithed. They told me that we were too poor and that God would understand. I accepted that and didn’t think much of it until many years later.
Then, we were in church one day, I’m now married and my two teenage daughters are there beside me, and the offering basket came around. I put in our usual $20.00 offering and passed it down to the next family. Then my daughter turned to me and asked, “mom, why don’t we tithe?” The word’s “because we’re too poor” spilled out of my mouth. My daughter gave me a funny look, and I covered my mouth and just bite my lip. I couldn’t believe I had just said that.
Nothing could be further from the truth. My husband and I both had wonderful growing careers, we always had a little more than we needed to cover the bills and we had a healthy account set aside for the girl’s education. I felt hot tears running down my cheeks and I had to excuse myself to go to the bathroom.
What was happening?
We had been so blessed! And there was no reason we couldn’t tithe, but at our church, the topic never really come up. We had certainly never been challenged on it. I don’t even know what caused my daughter to ask me that question.
But I went home that night and kneeled down and prayed. I asked God to show me show me what He wanted me to do. And I learned that despite all my successes, I was still carrying around that label of poverty. I was stingy. Often to the point of being greedy. I controlled the bank accounts and had an extremely low tolerance for anything I considered frivolous spending. I regularly denied the family funds for anything beyond necessities.
This had been the way I pulled myself out of my family’s history of poverty, but I had accomplished that over a decade ago. I just couldn’t let go of the mentality. So I made the decision to start tithing, and with that came freedom.
I learned to relax and let our family start enjoying ourselves a little. We took our first family vacation, and I let the girls finally redecorate their rooms. Tithing really allowed me to finally remove that label of poverty from my life.
If you’ve experienced the blessings of tithing in your life, take a moment to testify to the faithfulness of God.
Your input could really help encourage someone else to take that step of faith.
Leave your testimony, questions and opinions in the comments below!
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