Give God His Tithe (3)
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.” Mal 3:10 NIV
When you honor the Lord in your business, He will bless your business. Imagine the advantage you’d have in the marketplace with God as your partner! Many famous Christian business people throughout history were faithful tithers, including Henry John Heinz of Heinz 57 Varieties, and William Colgate, the toothpaste magnate. Some of these people were so blessed that before their lives were over they gave God 90 percent of their income and lived on the other 10 percent. God says: “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this…and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it…All the nations will call you blessed’” (vv. 10, 12 NIV). When you demonstrate that God’s business means more to you than your own, He will prosper you. And He invites you to “test” Him in this. How long have you known that you should tithe, wanted to tithe, said you were going to, and yet you’ve never gotten around to it? Start now—and start with what you have! What you can do now, is the only influence you have over your future. John D. Rockefeller is reputed to have made the following statement concerning the habit of tithing: “I never would’ve been able to tithe the first million dollars I made if I hadn’t tithed my first salary, which was a dollar fifty per week.” Tithing demonstrates that you’ve conquered self-interest and the fear of lack. It’s a demonstration of faith—and God always rewards faith!