Some Honest Thoughts About Tithing

September 09, 2020 2 Comments

Some Honest Thoughts About Tithing

“Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 MSG
 


 

I’m going to be honest with you. I used to get really defensive about the subject of tithing and giving. I grew up in a stricter church, where every Sunday, our pastor would quote Malachi 3:8 about how we were robbing God of our tithes and offerings. While he wasn’t wrong, the constant reminder of Christian obligation didn’t leave me with a full understanding of the principle of tithing and sent my spiritually immature self on a rebellion from giving.
 
As I got older and started my career and adulthood, my relationship with tithing hadn’t changed much. I still thought of my money as my own, something I had worked hard for and deserved to keep, and always told myself I’d give more when I had more.
 
Then I had a heart to heart with my sister about the importance of giving, and how it’s made a positive impact on her family and their financial contentment. She made me realize that I didn’t have to be legalistic about tithing each month. Jesus’ death on the cross took the sting out of the law and turned it towards grace. I could look at giving as something I was blessed to do – not something I had to do.
 
After our conversation, I challenged myself to give 5% of my paycheck for a few months. After that time, I could then gauge whether or not I felt the sting of a lower bank balance or missed my money at the end of every month.
 
The first few weeks felt like a miracle. I wasn’t stressed about money. In fact, at the end of the month, I had more money in my account than usual. After a few months, I upped my tithes to 10% to see if things would be different.
 
It’s now five years later, and I haven’t looked back since.
 
I’m not saying you’re guaranteed to come out financially free if you choose to tithe. I’m not saying you will always have extra money leftover at the end of the month. But something happens in your life when you open your hands and all you have to God and allow Him to move. It doesn’t make sense on paper, but just like Jesus feeding the 5,000, God multiplies what we bring to Him as an offering, whether for us or for others.
 
On top of that, giving brings joy and contentment. Every time you write that monthly check or add your online contribution, you recognize just how much God has given you and become more content with what you already have.
 
I don’t know what your relationship with tithes and offerings are. I don’t know if you give now or plan to give in the future. All I know is what I’ve read in the Bible and what I’ve experienced personally.
 
Tithing is less about a financial change and more about a heart change.
 
It’s less about giving God your money and more about giving Him your heart.
 
Most of all, tithing is not a transaction – it’s a symbol of trust. It’s a trust that says, even when you can’t make sense of how giving can work with your finances, you believe the Lord will meet all your needs and bless the offerings you give Him.
 
Challenge: Commit to giving a set amount each month for the next 90 days. Each time you give, pray that God would bless your offering and thank Him for the finances you’ve been blessed with. After 3 months, look back and reflect on all God has done in your life at that time.

Do you have a story about how God has moved in your life through tithing? We'd love to invite you to share your stories with our team at hello@wheatandhoneyco.com. We would be honored to anonymously share these stories in the future through our Wheatful Wednesday devotionals.

Jantzen Jolly-Miller is a small business marketing consultant and the founder of Emerge Church Solutions, a firm providing consulting and marketing services for churches who are structuring to grow. In addition to blogging for Wheat and Honey Co., she writes about personal takeaways from her life and faith walk to help women lead authentic lives and create positive change in their everyday routines on her IG @jantzenmiller and at JantzenJollyMiller.com.

Join us at our next Wheatful Woman Event, in our online community and enjoy our tools in the shop!




2 Responses

kNrBYXZCDGQxbt
kNrBYXZCDGQxbt

September 25, 2020

ONqVpgmchi

sctbIqvElJRF
sctbIqvElJRF

September 25, 2020

SmRrWeVFuTv

Leave a comment


Also in Wheatful Woman Blog

Not to Worry
Not to Worry

January 13, 2021

You, my friend, are capable of walking through hard situations with boldness and confidence, trusting that God is right there with you. There may be chaos happening around us but we get to show up with a boldness and a peace that transcends any worry- trusting that God is our ultimate provider. He is our road and staff in any darkness. Thank you, Jesus, for making a way for us to live in peace, without any worry, regardless of our circumstances!

View full article →

Pushing Back Darkness
Pushing Back Darkness

January 06, 2021 2 Comments

Take hope in 2021! Jesus is the lamp beneath our feet. Walk into each day this year with the confidence that the brightness of Jesus shines through you and you have access to the Light right now and in the days to come! 

View full article →

End Of Year Note From Britt
End Of Year Note From Britt

December 30, 2020

Here's to a God that is GREATER, STRONGER, WISER, and more loving than we will ever be able to comprehend but get to rest in, believe in, and hope for every day.I love y'all,Britt

View full article →

Join our email list for weekly Wheatful Wednesday devotionals!