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Tithing

Malachi 3:10

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

In the summer after high school, I worked 60 hours per week in a large city.  I was a faithful tither.  My car stranded me everywhere, and God always made a way.  As I went to college, I realized that money was tight and decided that I didn’t need tot tithe since I only worked part time.  Over time, I found myself paying credit card bills with credit cards. The money was running really low.  I spoke with two friends who both asked me if I tithed.  So, the next Sunday I decided that I would tithe on my pay check.  I still remember thinking,”Well, God, at least we are going down together.”  I must admit the faith was only mustard seed size.  Certainly not the faith of Abraham or Moses.  I dropped the check in the offering plate and found myself almost chuckling to my self.

That day, I picked up a help wanted paper.  There was a job open for an “Excel Expert.”  I called the gentleman, and he offered me half up front and half at the conclusion if I could figure it out.  I was able to pay off my car with the first check — after I had paid God his tithes.  In my dreams, I saw an older man who told me that God would continue to bless me financially as long as I tithed.  However, if I ever stopped tithing, I would lose all of this and more.  To this day, I am a faithful tither.

Father God, help us to remember what is yours.  You want to bless us, please help us get out of the way so that we can receive your blessings.  Amen.

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