Brian’s story: “When we were newlyweds, the thought of getting a full-time job and supporting a wife was frightening. I was a Christian, yet I was unsure about tithing 10% of our gross income. My wife and I prayed about it and decided we would trust God and do it.
“After one year, I can honestly say that God was faithful. We were able to pay all our expenses and still save a good amount.”
A close relative questioned, “Why are you tithing 10% of your gross income? You are just starting out in life. You need that money for yourself!”
Brian’s response, “That money belongs to God. It is not ours to spend.”
Seventeen years and six kids later they are no longer tithing 10% of their gross income. Now they are up to 30% and their future goal is 50%. Meanwhile they have a small house. Brian recently received a substantial raise. They decided it was time to search for a larger house—and they found one.
Brian and his wife discussed the pros and cons of having a larger home. Then Brian said, “We can get this house, but if we do, we will no longer be able to bless as many people.”
They decided their small home is perfect.
- Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 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. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
- GOD IS READY – Words and music by Kathleen; Robin Poem by Elizabeth Cheney, circa 1931:
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