In the early days of my speaking career, I was living at home with my parents, trying to recover from my business failure. I had always known about tithing, and I kept fooling myself with, “Once I start earning enough, I will tithe.”
Realizing my career was not taking off anytime soon, I had a talk with God. I got down on my knees and asked for help. With my request I made a vow to God that I would tithe no matter what, and if he would help me with my career, it would be greatly appreciated. To me it was faith. It is funny now, because it is so clear to me what happened.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.”
Tithing when you have no money did not make sense at the time. I put my trust in Him. I also realized that if He did help, He would earn more too. That sounds like a win-win. I have been tithing ever since. Several years later I was able to quit my day job as a telemarketer. Seven years later I bought my first house. The only way I can explain it is through God. Period.
“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it.
He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.”
After going through Dave Ramsey’s course, Financial Peace, I learned a new perspective about money. None of it is mine! It is all God’s, and I just get to be a steward of some of it for a while. I am reminded of the parable of “The Three Talents.” Maybe back then He did not give me more because I could not have handled more. Maybe I tithed because I needed God’s help, not because I could afford it. Now, I guess you could say, I couldn’t afford not to tithe.
Can you afford not to tithe? Are you being a good steward of what you do have? Please share your thoughts below.