By Anita Mondragon

When folks hear the word, ‘Tithe’, they usually turn the volume down.  Why is that?  Because no one wants to give their hard-earned money away…not to anyone, especially to God!

The thing that most Christians fail to realize is that God DOES NOT, I repeat…DOES NOT NEED your money!  He just wants your obedience.  He wants us to depend upon Him for our needs.

Tithe is not only money.  It is your time.  Since Jesus does not visibly walk this earth any longer, we are to be His hands and feet…His heart.  In order to be these things, we must be willing to give our time to volunteer, clean the church, mow the church lawn, work in the food bank, do Vacation Bible School, teach a class, sing in the choir, etc.

He wants our talents.  After all, He gave us our abilities!  Your beautiful voice came from Him.  It was a gift bestowed upon you to be used for Him.  Your ability to play an instrument came from Him.  Your gift of kindness, and willingness to help others came from Him.  Your aptitude with the use of words came from Him…write a book, or blog for His glory!  Your gift of speech was given to you by God Almighty…use it to stand up and proclaim the Gospel of Christ!

Your treasures belong to Him as well!  You may argue and say, “I worked for everything I own.”  And, you may well have, however, God gave you the strength, and the mind to hold down that good paying job.  Thank Him for His generosity by giving back to Him.

When we tithe, we show our gratitude to God for richly blessing us with so much!  Don’t be stingy!  Give!  Give of your time, your talents, and your treasures and you will be blessed!  You’ll see.  You will be glad you did!

I leave you with this verse:

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” -Malachi 3:10



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