“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
– Malachi 3:10
Additional reading: Malachi 3:8-10, 11-12
Ultimately, you are pursuing a career that will earn you enough money to live on and prosper. A career is something you have worked toward since you were five years in school, and now are continuing to pursue into your early adulthood life. Remember, money is a good thing, but the love of it will lead you down a path of destruction. Don’t forget who gave you the talent and knowledge to make that money… God almighty! God specifically says in His Word that He requires 10% of our first fruits or income. This is our tithe. Does God need our money? Yes and no. No, because He is the almighty God and He uses gold as pavement in Heaven. Yes, because we are responsible for maintaining the house of the Lord (church). God also requires it because as you give JOYFULLY—that’s right, joyfully—God knows that your heart is right with Him and He can pour out so many blessings you cannot even contain them.
Now I kid a lot about “dollar bills for Metro Ministry” on Fridays, but that is a great starting place for those that get an allowance, or are new to this giving thing. Sacrificing candy or a shake, not for Paulie or the youth staff, but for God, can really start elevating things in your life.
TITHING WORKS! I can guarantee it! I would need another 30 pages to write out all the blessings God has done for me since I started giving when I was very little. Every birthday, no matter how much money I got, let’s say $100 total, I would give $10 to God that Sunday… Do you think that was easy? No! Not at nine years old, but it became easier. Later in life I was able to JOYFULLY give whatever 10% was!
God knows that your heart is right with Him and He can pour out so many blessings you cannot even contain them.
And remember, the blessings don’t always come back in the form of finances, but in health, favor on jobs, promotions, and much more. God’s hand is on those who line up with His Word, and this is part of it. I literally start to cry when I think about what God has done for me year after year, and I can’t give Him enough! Some say, “I can’t afford to give that much.” NO! You can’t afford NOT to!
God is good… all the time… all the time…