I wrote a blog on tithing not too long ago. click HERE if you didnt read it. So today I thought I would update everyone on how that is going in my life. I must say, though I haven’t become an overnight millionaire, I “get it”. I completely understand how God works when you work with God. I am seeing God’s favor in my bank account for the first time in a long time.
How you ask?
It all started with a promise, a little faith, and a meager little check that was my tithe.
10 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.
The month after I started tithing I started to see things happen. Little things that most would ignore, but because I was looking for the promise to be fulfilled with my obedience I saw it. I started getting a few refund checks in my name I didnt even know I had coming to me. My electric bill decreased by half, things started aligning in my favor. Oh, I am sold on tithing! You don’t have to beg me for money preacher because I’m already sitting in the pew ready to dunk my meager money in the pot. It’s all Gods anyway…..
30 “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.
…..He just wants to see how obedient I will be with my portion. Take it away! Thats the first check I write, and I gladly give it away.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Anyone else out there an incessant check-list checker off-er? You know what I mean.. We make a list and can’t wait to check that task off as done. It gives us a sense of pride and purpose once we see how todays list is checked off and tomorrows is halfway done already. Anyone else? C’mon…..admit it!
How about the new thing now-a-days where churches give out sermon notes with that bullet list of the songs they will sing, the message of the day, guest speakers- Et cetera… Dang those things, I have to check those off too to make sure everyone is in line with the pamphlet. It’s a problem, I know, its my crazy- I will deal with it. Good or bad, it’s who I am, and some others will brave forward and say “omg, me too!” (or not… )
MOVING ON TO WHY I AM BLOGGING THIS…….
Can you imagine God’s checklist?! I can’t even fathom his to do list. I do however know that I am on that list – luckily I’m not checked off yet. I do sit and ponder all my family members in heaven that have been God’s finished project and checked off to go home. I was thinking how they got called to heaven once they are completed by God. A project that was beautifully created, and wonderfully made, and the beauty God must see in the incomplete works he has. Could a checkbox that’s not complete be a beautiful thing??
Knowing that we are the miry clay and he is the potter that cannot wait to shape that ‘mess-o’-mud’ into a beautiful piece of art with our fathers name engraved on it. How nice is it when you complete a project and you can’t wait to sign your name to it?Something that you can be proud of and have pride in…
God has a few of my family members in heaven that have been checked off. A work in progress, that finally completed the task, the growth, the mission if you will. I can only imagine how one checkmark can lead to several other ‘to do’ tasks for God. Go with me here for a moment. If it werent for my grandparents checkmark – my parents wouldn’t be to-do’s. And if it weren’t for my parents – I wouldnt be a to-do..and so on down the line….IMAGINE..
New International Version (NIV)
God isn’t finished with me yet.