Dear Pastor Lily
I read your post on tithing and I hear what you’re saying. I feel totally convicted by the Holy Spirit that I need to start tithing. But, when I look at my budget I don’t know how to make it work. I’m working minimum wage and after living expenses, there’s nothing left over. I don’t have savings or an emergency fund or anything like that. Sometimes I wonder how I’m going to make it to the next pay-check. I really want to start tithe, but how do I make it make sense?
Sheryl – Vancouver, BC
Sometimes the things of God don’t make sense. Especially when we look at it on paper, on a chart or a budget. It certainly didn’t make sense for the children of Isreal to walk around the walls of Jericho shouting and expect them to come tumbling down. So when you’re looking at your finances it probably won’t seem feasible. But that doesn’t mean it’s not doable. This is where walking by faith comes in.
First of all, you have an excellent advantage, because if you have a budget then you are half way there to being a great steward. Many people get to the end of the month and don’t know where the money went. But it sounds like you do. God expects us to be able to give an account of how we use our resources. I highly recommend that everyone work on keeping a closer eye on their finances.
Secondly, holding back the tithe isn’t going to solve your financial issues. You said that you’re struggling to me it to from one paycheck to the next. You have a career crisis! Something has to change. Either you need a raise, or more hours or a new job.
When you give God the tithe first you can expect a blessing. Malachi 3:10 invites us to Test God And SEE. Since you’ve stated that you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit to start tithing, I would begin right away with your next paycheck, while simultaneously expecting an increase in your hours or a raise. Of course, you will have to put some effort into this.
Check out these testimonies from others who started tithing how it felt the first time, and why they’re committed to it now.
The bible says that faith without works is dead.
So, begin the process of a new job search, or schedule a meeting with your employer. Do this with a high degree of excellence, really do your research and homework to find out how much more you could be earning. HERE is an excellent resource by Ramit Sethi, who is a wonderful financial guru.
This is not an affiliate link. I simply believe that it’s a great resource that could help you.
Finally, trust God. He knows what you need. I’m not saying it will be an easy switch, but I do believe it is an important opportunity for growth. Lean on the promises of God and expect that He will make a way for you.
God Bless You!