I find that so many of us in this millennial generation want everything quick fast and in a hurry. I think I have even heard us referred to us as the “microwave generation.” But slowly but surely, no matter how fast things seem to be moving and how quickly we can gain information, I am learning that pressing forward, staying faithful, and being diligent are still the way to go.
Somewhere in my journey, I learned about tithing as sowing a seed. The fact that yes we are giving 10% of what we make to our church but we are also sowing a seed. That “seed” should have some type of direction. In that, I began writing certain things I was focusing on in my life, right on my tithing envelope. It’s not about whoever opens it, but God knowing the desires of my heart and what I am expecting to grow with this seed.
I’m here to tell you that it works. So many people have trouble with tithing, which is honestly understandable in the way that some churches have abused it. I have also struggled with it at different points, but I am now in a place where I have been able to fully experience the benefits and the blessings that come along with it. But it’s not a quick process. Just because you sow a seed one Sunday, doesn’t mean that you will turn around and have everything you ever dreamed of.
It’s consistency. It’s walking in faith. It’s being mindful of how you are setting up the rest of your life as well. It’s prayer, it’s time in God’s presence, etc. But I am literally seeing those things that I write on those envelopes manifest in my life and it helps me to know that I am on the right track.
Whether it is debt freedom, healthy relationships, obtaining career goals, whatever it is you may be looking for in your life, I would recommend writing those things on your envelope when you tithe. Write it and don’t harp on it but continue pressing forward in your life. This process is all about remaining faithful and trusting that God will see you through to the desires of your heart that are in line with His word.
Essentially we have to stick with it. It is impossible to please God without faith. Faith takes trust and the way to build trust is to actually be able to put God in the driver seat of your life. That has been a hard thing for me. I am constantly giving God the wheel and then easing myself back into the driver’s seat. But I am more ready than I’ve ever been. By building my trust with God through tithing, through prayer, and through relationship, I am finally getting the revelation that He actually knows what’s best for me better than myself.
Remain faithful. Don’t be anxious and trust him.
Do you find yourself anxious about your life, where it's going and the things you want? How do you deal with it?
Scriptures to Reference:
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to himA)" data-cr="#cen-NIV-30179A"> must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7