4 Month Tithe ChallengeWhen it’s upside down, money controls people and destroys lives. It’s the #1 cause of divorce, a top level contributor to stress and a common cause of suicide. However, when it’s right side up, money is can be a source of joy and a tool that helps people grow closer to God and each other.
The Bible teaches that obeying God in our finances…
* Is a reflection of the heart. (Matthew 6:19-20)
* Is a privilege. (2 Corinthians 8:2-4,7)
* Is faith in action. (Acts 4:32-35)
Our faith in a generous God is formed and refined in the act of giving. There is a deep satisfaction that comes from following Jesus’ example of generosity, and it is a privilege to use our resources to continue telling God’s story. Countless people have experienced God’s blessings when they obey him in their finances, but often the first step is the hardest one to take.That’s why we created the 4 Month Tithe Challenge.Throughout the Bible we are taught that tithing is an important spiritual discipline and integral part of honoring God and growing in our faith. As such, we want to challenge you to honor God in this area of your life by taking the challenge to tithe over the next 4 months.
Stewardship is much more than a money issue; it’s a discipleship issue. Jesus made it clear that Biblical giving is one of the greatest opportunities God gives us for our own spiritual growth: “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.” – Matthew 6:21
The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
The word “tithe” is derived from the Hebrew word ma’aser and it literally means a tenth. Ten percent of everything belongs to the Lord. In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “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.”
This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Is God wise? Do you trust him? These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.