As some of you may have figured out by now, my family loves the Lord. We started this whole financial journey because of His calling. We felt lead to give more, more of ourselves, and more to others. It was apparent to us that with that calling, things in our lives needed to change.
Hence, why we decided to pay off our debt. The Lord called for us to be more financially stable, and then I was called to start this blog. I know that other families are going through the exact same struggles that we are going through, why not share the burden together?
And when God calls us to do something, we need to answer with a very confident “yes, Lord”
Which brings me to my next point…
Are we called to tithe?
The answer is so blatantly yes, of course. In Leviticus 27:30, it was made law that a “tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.”
The fruits of your labor are never yours, they are always His. If we hold on to what isn’t truly ours, we’re preventing it from giving glory to God. I don’t know about you, but my sole purpose on this earth is not to serve myself. I intend to serve Him with all of my being.
God created us to glorify and honor him. To grow His kingdom, and share His love. This cannot be done if we are storing “all of our nuts for winter” when there are non believers around us that need to be shown His love.
Why is it important to tithe?
It’s important to tithe because God calls us to do so. He never lays anything in our path that is more than we can bear. God is testing your trust in Him to give with a grateful heart, and Satan is doing anything he can to tempt you away from showing the Lord faithfulness.
Sometimes money is tight. And the last thing you want to do when it is tight is to give it away in a tithe to your church. But that is where your faith is important. You need to give before you spend, not after. And trust that God will provide for what you need. It is when we give of our all that God is pleased and glorified.
When we budget, we take out our tithe first…before any other bill paying or spending happens. We’re personally trying to live the give, save, spend model. In this model, you set aside what you give first from your income. Then you set aside what you plan to save (like in one of our seven bank accounts). What you have left is what you have to live off of for that month.
It’s hard to start, but if you live that way it’s easier to teach your kids about money and the importance of giving faithfully to God.
Is there a wrong way to tithe?
In Matthew 6, we are told “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The treasures that we receive in heaven greatly outweigh any treasures that we might acquire on earth. While some people try to take things with them into the afterlife (anybody read about ancient Egyptian culture lately?), there is no need for any of it. The things that you find here will not bring you joy or happiness. They are just THINGS.
In fact, according to 1 Timothy 6:8-10, we should find contentment in having food and clothing, and nothing else. Let that sink in for a bit. I know, it’s a tough pill to swallow.
Are you content in your life? Does God not provide everything that you may ever need? If so, give to Him what is His. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
So what now?
Robert and I were very faithful in our giving earlier in the year. And then for some reason, we weren’t as faithful. But now, we made the commitment to start again and give above all else and with joyful hearts. It has since become apparent that tithing again is truly a test of our faith in God to provide as we had to pull some money from our emergency fund to cushion our checking account. But we thank the Lord that we even have that emergency fund, because it was almost non-existent a few months ago.
If you see that money is in control of your life, stop what you are doing and pray. Pray that the enemy will leave you and that God will protect you from any further doubts you may have. Show faith in your giving to the Lord, and do so with a willing heart. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
So pray for us and we start our journey of giving again, and leave a comment with anything that you need prayer for. I know this was a little bit more spiritual than I have been on here, but like I said when the Lord calls us to do something, the answer should always be “yes, Lord”