I Dare You
Growing up as kids and even teenagers, do you remember how we would play truth or dare with our friends? This was something we did simply out of pure boredom trying to initiate something exciting. There was really no reward for going through with the dare, if anything, it would possibly lead you into some trouble. “I dare you” would then be followed up by something that sounds crazy or may seem scary to do. Who knew that God liked this game as well? The only difference is when you play it with Him, there is a sure reward and no trouble will take you out.
Into our adult life, we still like to take risks sometimes. There are risks we take that could benefit us, yet there are some that could not only harm us, but the people around us as well. It’s a risk getting into the car everyday and driving to work. Yet and still you hop in with full confidence that you will make it to your destination with no problems. Some of you may invest your money in the stock market. Although you know the risk from day to day, you hang in there because you are expecting a great return years from now. Why is it that we are willing to take risk that could cause injury or the loss of all of our savings, but we won’t take a chance on God?
First of all, God is not a man that He would lie.
So if He challenges us to try Him when it comes to paying our tithes, why would we not do it? “I don’t have enough money to tithe.” “ How could I pay all my bills if I tithe?” “ I’m not giving my money to the church so the pastor can spend it.” “When I make more money, I will start.” These are all a few excuses I have heard from people who don’t tithe. My question to you is, if you consider yourself a Christian, how could you not tithe?
There was point in time where I had my excuse as well.
Almost five years ago I decided to try God at His word and not once has He failed me. Through all types of transitions I had to face in this time period, not one time did I ever go without. Even if money was tight during the month, my bills were paid, my family and I had shelter and food to eat. Not only has God proved to me that He would take care of me, but He has also provided me with increase. I’ve experienced blessings that have exceeded my expectations all because I decided to take God up on His dare.
So what’s the point of tithing?
Well God doesn’t need our money. He created the earth and everything within, so our money is not what He needs. However, it takes money to run His kingdom; meaning the church, missions, and so on. God wants our heart and money is often tied to it. Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. We will lie, steal, cheat, violate our bodies, and sell our souls just to gain a dollar. Tithing allows us to prove back to God that He has our heart and we trust Him to make a way for us. Otherwise, we are robbing God of what belongs to Him. Now don’t get me wrong, having money is perfectly fine. It is when we lean more on trying to make dollar out of twenty-five cents than trusting God to provide for our needs, that we show our lack of faith. God tells us that He will take care of our daily needs. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow because He has already provided. If God made it possible for you to receive an income, would He not also see to it that you have all that you need?
So tell me, if you are not tithing, do you have more than enough money at the end of the month? Are you getting ahead by not being obedient? If I had to guess, the answer would probably be….
God said that not only will He bless you, but because of your obedience in tithing, He will protect what you already have. So how would it hurt you to give God what is due back to Him?
I get it.
When money is tight, the thought of giving God back a tenth of what you made could be scary. Now that we have entered into a new year, we all love a fresh start. So I dare you to take a leap of faith and start this year off different. If tithing has been something you’ve been on the fence about…get off!
Everyone wants to walk into their “new season”, but how can’t you walk into your new still doing the same old things as before? This is the one time, that I am aware of, where God dares us to try Him. The time has come for you to step out on faith. Trust God to be God in your life and get ready to watch Him work.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“You people are robbing me, your God. And, here you are, asking, “How are we robbing you?” You are robbing me of the offerings and of the ten percent that belongs to me. That’s why your whole nation is under a curse. I am the Lord All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing. I will also stop locusts from destroying your crops and keeping your vineyards from producing. Everyone of every nation will talk about how I have blessed you and about your wonderful land. I, the Lord All-Powerful, have spoken!” – Malachi 3:8-12
P.S. Happy New Year to each and every one of you and thank you for supporting my blog up to this point. I pray that your relationship with God will grow and that His blessings will fall over you and your household in 2019.