Monday, February 29, 2016
We are honored to tithe to our church. God directs us to give, and he blesses us with our giving. Clinton has always taken care of our tithe giving as our family spiritual leader. To tithe is to give regularly.
I like 1 Corinthians 16:2- On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. In other words, determine the amount in your heart according to your income and give it to the gathering house of faith seekers where God has led you to worship.
A couple of years ago, God placed on my heart that I need to give from whatever I have in my wallet come Sunday morning. When his offering plate is passed, I need to sacrificially give in addition to what we tithe.
I don't typically share anything specific about our giving, but what happened this morning makes me smile.
Yesterday, I cleaned out my purse. I had receipts, bills and change stuffed in it. I took everything out and emptied it and organized it. Nothing unusual. This morning, as I sat down in the pew, I got my glasses out, and then my pen for doodling what God was going to share and the money to place in the offering plate.
I had twenty-three dollars in my wallet; two tens and three ones. As I sat trying to decide what to give, eleven dollars or twelve dollars, the Holy Spirit led my heart to know that I should give God the most because he blesses me so much. So, twelve dollars was placed in the offering plate.
Later, as I reached into my purse to get something, there was all of this money folded in half, in several different places down in my purse. Twenty-three dollars to be exact.
Listening to the Holy Spirit and giving sacrificially of our time and our money will surely be blessed by our God, who loves us.
In 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 we read:
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Today, he gave me a very clear message!
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