Written by: Joe McKeever
Let’s see if I can talk you out of tithing your income to the Lord through this church. Here are some reasons not to tithe. If you do not tithe your income:
But, suppose you do decide to tithe. You consider all the above plus a few other reasons we didn’t think of, and you determine to give a solid dime-out-of-every-dollar to the Lord through your church. What then?
My friend Harold Kitchings, now in Heaven, used to tell about an old gentleman he knew in a Texas church where he served. In the early part of the 20th century, the man grew wealthy from oil and gave large sums to Baylor University to construct buildings and educate young Christians. He gave a great deal of money to his church and even sent his pastor, Dr. George W. Truett, to Europe to preach to the soldier boys during the First World War. Then, in the stock market crash of 1929, the man lost his fortune. One day, a friend who saw how humbly he was living—and remembered how wealthy he had once been—asked, “When you think about all the money you gave away, do you ever wish you had it back?” He didn’t hesitate. “Friend,” he said. “The only thing I have left is what I gave away.”
One day you will find out that everything you have given to God through the years you still have—forever, with interest. And in heavenly currency. Talk about a great investment!
In the last book of the Old Testament, God says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. And test me now in this, if I will not open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” (Malachi 3:10) Jesus said, “Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap.” (Luke 6:38)
This may be the best reason of all to give: obedience.
©Dr. Joe McKeever, 2002. A ministry of the First Baptist Church of Kenner, Louisiana.
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