December 8, 2019
It’s not a coincidence God aligned today’s message with reaffirmations I needed to hear. Pastor Selena took us deeper in our sermon series “Everyday Heroes” with the reminder Everyday Heroes give until they have nothing left, use what God has given them, and run into the fire. Today, we examined further with the sermon focus: “Everyday Heroes trust in a power greater than themselves to provide what they need.”
Malachi 3:10 encourages us to test and to trust God. Pastor Selena emphasized this point with several personal examples and Biblical passages on finances. A reminder of my own testing came to mind during the message.
This year, my card with which my automatic online giving is connected to expired. Later, I realized I forgot to connect my new card to my account. I missed several giving sessions and was behind, and felt the Lord pressing me to give back all I owed, all in one contribution rather than in smaller, more humanly possibly payments. Physically, I didn’t have that amount; the “When I have more…” mentality built a stronghold in my mind and over my wallet. The excuses ceased when I remembered God’s loving but stern reminder from years before. In 2017, I received an email for my giving record that year, informing me I hadn’t contributed enough funds for a tax deduction. Getting the tax item wasn’t my goal, but it was a painful reminder to be consistent with tithing --even if it's little or small like the woman mentioned in Luke 21:1-4.
Trusting in God’s blessings over my budgeting urged me to take the leap and pay off the missed tithes from this current year, so last week I did just that. I don’t know what my November will look like with my regular tithe plus my make-up tithes, but I can cling to the truths and promises declared in today’s message:
1. I GET to tithe. Proverbs 11:24 supports that it’s a blessing to get to tithe and not “have” to.
2. As explained in Luke 16:10, tithing means participating in a new adventure.
3. When you tithe, you get to live with a heart of gratitude as encouraged in Matthew 6:21.
I don’t give to get from God, but rather I give for the glory of my God. He is faithful before I am. He does more with my tithes and offerings than I could with a full paycheck. Due to God’s faithfulness, He found me a way to pay off my car and student loan debts before I turned twenty-five. Although it’s huge to be debt-free financially, the biggest blessing is being debt-free from the grave. Jesus’ grace and sacrifice made that possible.
How are you doing with the test of trust? It’s a continual, every day, every cent journey. It’s trusting God will do supernatural multiplication in our natural and finite. I’m thankful to serve under pastors who given their 10 percent. I’m grateful to have been raised in a family where tithing every Sunday was normal. I’m blessed to take the test of trust surrounded by examples of giving and being reminded God has never failed us yet.
Selena Freeman - November 10, 2019
The Test of Tithe
From Series: "All Messages"
Morgan is a 5th grade school teacher who is passionate about people, reading, writing, and sprinkles on her ice cream. When she's not teaching, Morgan loves spending time with loved ones, learning about new things, and worshipping her King at church or in the car.