This is our year of BOLD FAITH! As a church, we are stepping out on faith and trusting God to do miracles in our lives. We are trusting God with every area of our lives including our finances. Take the Faith Tithe Challenge, exercise your bold faith and watch what God will do in your life.
Join your church family and give 10% of your gross weekly income (or more if already tithing)
Feel the joy of stretching your faith by trusting God for the impossible.
If this is your first time tithing, step out on faith, start giving and watch as God provides for you in ways you could not have imagined.
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributions to the treasury; for they all put out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on." - Mark 12:42-44
In the story of the widow's mite, we see Jesus closely and critically watching people give their offerings. He looked beyond their visible actions and int their hearts. Having observed the widow place her meager but heartfelt offering in the treasury, Jesus made sure the disciples didn't miss seeing the heart of the widow or the lesson that her giving provided.
Most of us would miss watching the widow. Instead, we would be watching the important looking people in the temple, the ones who made large offerings from their ample funds. We would be impressed by how much they gave. WE might even suggest honoring them for their giving or naming a building after them.
But Jesus didn't call the disciples over to see the big givers. He called them over to notice a poor widow who gave less than a penny.
Why did Jesus fix His attention on the widow? Because she gave more. "She, out of her poverty, put in all she owned." while the rich men gave out of their surplus. The rich gave what they had left over. This woman didn't have anything extra; she gave everything she had. Jesus knew this, and He saw her heart.
Remember this: God measures our gift not by its amount, but by our motives.
I have been a Christian for a long time but I don't really remember hearing sermons specifically about tithing so I never had that conviction when I was younger. One day, I was listening to a Tony Evans sermon about finances and I remember him referencing Malachi 3:8-9 saying, "if you're having financial issues and you're not tithing then you need to stop praying because God has put you and your finances under a curse." After I heard that, I went home to my husband and told him we needed to begin to tithe because I did not want to be cursed! We were giving to our church but we were not tithing which is giving 10% of your FIRST fruits to God.
We did not know how we were going to start tithing because at that time we were on a budget that didn't include a 10% tithe, but we started anyway. Once we began tithing, God made a way for us to continue paying all of our bills and even become debt free. It was because we chose to be obedient to God. God gives us the choice to do what's right and what's wrong and when you are disobedient, God won't give you His best. It's freeing to not allow money to control you and to know God is in control and He always makes a way.