by Shelly Weiss
The storehouse is overflowing (Malachi 3:10)…
I can’t say I have tithed as I should, especially as a ‘cheerful’ giver. Bringing so little money home leaves little to spend, so I have had a bad attitude with giving. When I was on leave from work for 2 months and my Heavenly Father completely provided for me, I was so grateful and humbled that I joyfully tithed with excitement. The experience was ‘different’ as I wanted to give even more instead of making excuses to pay less. At the time, I was debating whether to jeopardize my safety by moving into a not-so-great part of town for the sake of having room to breathe. My cramped quarters stifle my writing. But it costs a lot to move and, well, I felt trapped by finances, lack of furniture, moving men, etc, so I stayed… stifled. Four weeks later, I am moving into a place that is truly better than I could ever dream.
I can’t wait to tithe again to express my gratitude for God blessing me so abundantly. I can’t wait to be tested on my devotion to him. THIS is what nonbelievers do not understand. Christianity is not about following a bunch of rules which makes life boring. No, when you realize every good gift is from Jesus’ hand (James 1:17), you can’t help but want to give back to Him. Denying oneself for the sake of Him is an honor, not a hindrance. “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given only what comes from your hand,” 1 Chronicles 29:14.
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