When Darrell and I married we both worked in retail. Our weekends rarely lined up with us both having the same days off. Neither of us would attend church without the other, so needless to say, we didn’t attend very often.
That all changed with the birth of our first child. I became a stay at home mom and every Sunday my husband had off, we visited churches. We were casual about it in the beginning, but as our daughter grew, I thought we needed to find a church we could call home. My husband agreed and we decided to join the church he grew up attending.
Once we made our choice and worshiping on Sundays became a priority, we began giving consistently. The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was the amount my husband thought we should give. When he asked me to write a check for his idea of giving, I put up an argument and asked what he was thinking. When he explained to me he believed we should give ten percent of our income, we weren’t quite there, I panicked! After all we were a one income family with plans to grow, which would require a larger house at some point. Didn’t God realize this? Surely He understood, and, my husband just misunderstood!
I grew up in church and I gave my quarters in Sunday School and I watched my parents put money in the offering plate, but, we never discussed giving in our house.
I was sure my husband wasn’t thinking clearly, but I did what he asked and wrote the check for the amount he asked of me.
I would like to say it was with a glad heart, but, my faith wasn’t there yet. I believed in my husband, so I wanted to do this for him. I didn’t tell him, but I thought for sure this would put us under financially, and, I would forever be living in our two bedroom house.
Several days after fretting over writing that check, my daughter and I enjoyed a walk to the mailbox. To my surprise I had received mail from a place I had worked briefly and left for another job just after we married. Curious, I opened the mail to find a check for almost three times the amount we had given to the church! I was astonished! I had no idea I was owed money from this place. Apparently I had worked there long enough to have a vacation, and, because I left from there without taking it, they mailed me a check, four years later! All in God’s perfect timing for His purpose.
Now you need to understand a few things. First, I don’t believe in a financial rewarding tithe. Second, I don’t believe God repays us with things when we give. Third, I don’t believe one should give with a purpose to be recognized, or to expect favor from others because of their tithes. However, I do believe God ask us to give to the church as a form of worship. I do believe we will have our needs taken care of. I do not believe anyone can out give God, when they give from a cheerful heart.
“So let each one give as he purposes only his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2nd Corinthians 9:7 NKJV
As for me receiving the check,
I know without any doubt God brought these things together in His perfect timing to grow my faith in giving to Him through giving to the church. I knew from that day forward God would always take care of my needs and I didn’t have to worry or be afraid to open my heart and trust Him where money was concerned.
When writing this I couldn’t help but think of the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand plus. Jesus asked the disciples to go and see how many loaves they had. When they returned they told him they had fives loaves and two fish. Jesus took it and blessed it and when the people finished eating the disciples gathered twelve baskets full of fragments, leftovers. Wow! We are asked to give so little, but once Jesus blesses it, it multiplies and meets the needs of others for His purpose. Matthew 6: 30-44.
My prayer for you is that God will give you the courage to start giving. I also pray He gives you the grace and courage to trust Him to meet your needs and He will give you eyes to see His work to grow your faith through giving.