Fact: God wants to bless you.
Problem: We get in the way.
Think about it… God created us and placed us in a perfect setting, the Garden of Eden. Man had everything we needed before the fall. We were super blessed! Even after the fall, God promises us Heaven, a place with infinite blessing. But in the mean time, sin gets in the way. Fortunately, God is a god of principles, that if you follow them, he will reward you more than you could ask for. Here are a few of the principles that we should follow.
In the book The Blessed Life, Robert Morris points out some powerful insites on tithing, blessing, and becoming a blessing.
Malachi 3:10 states:
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 you will not have room enough for it.
God calls us out, and dares us to test him in this. Sounds like a win-win, but to often fear and selfishness gets in the way.
If you collect a paycheck, pay your rent, buy groceries, fill up your gas tank, and then give your ten percent, you are not giving your first fruits. God wants you to have faith by giving him the tithe before you spend money elsewhere or wait to see how much money you have at the end of the month.
A pastor ask his congregation, “Someone bring me a hundred dollar bill.” Instantly a man gets up and hands the pastor a $100. The pastor asks, “Why was he able to give me the hundred bucks, without pausing to think about it?” The answer was that it wasn’t his money. The pastor actually gave it to him before the service.
If we continue to think that the first ten percent of our money is our own, the harder it is to give it away. But if we aren’t selfish and take ownership of the first ten percent, the easier it is to give away.
So many believers say, “When I begin making more money, then I will start tithing.” This is not Biblical, and it doesn’t exist in nature either. A farmer would be considered foolish if he thought, “Once this crop comes up, I’m going to do some serious sowing.” The same is true in tithing. God blesses those who are faithful. We must first give on faith in order for God to, in return, bless us.
If we are obedient and give God ten percent, then we are only giving him what is his. In order for God to truly bless us, we need to give him a portion of “our” money. The book gives countless examples of how God truly wants to bless us. Try tithing a little bit extra each month and see how God begins to bless you.
In the working world, there is 4 levels of earning money.
Out of the four, the investor is the most appealing.
The same can can be true when you invest in God’s Kingdom. Your income will grow, you will enjoy life more, and you can impact this world and the next exponentially.
Often it is hard to stretch and use your giving muscle, because it has not been conditioned to do so. But over time, your heart will become accustomed to being used.
If someone knows you came through for them financially, it can shift focus away from God, onto you. Whenever someone shows you gratitude, be sure to give the Big Guy credit for placing you in a position to bless others.
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding.
What, how, and when you give doesn’t always have to make sense. God is much smarter and more creative than us.
God does not want us to think about obeying him. The sooner we follow through, the more blessings God will pour out. This is probably the hardest thing to do, but it is also, in my opinion, the most important thing to follow.
Remember that time when that person gave to God and said, “I regret giving to God. My life has gotten so bad because of it.”? Ya… me neither.