I have been so blessed to learn about tithing and abundantly sharing. Many churches I have gone to asked for a tithe but never really explained the significance. They never taught me why, how, or what the blessing would be to me and my family. Several years ago, my father began regularly teaching about tithing, and more importantly, abundantly sharing. My wife and I have struggled with finances, and at the time, we were trying to pay off college debts. I always thought, “How can I tithe if I can’t pay my bills? Can’t this money be of better use going toward my loans or putting food in my mouth?” How blessed I was to learn the truth.
Malachi 3:10 reads, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” This is a challenge from God! He says to “prove me now herewith,” so I took Him up on the challenge. I abundantly shared, that is, I gave more than 10 percent of every single penny that came into my possession. If I got a $100 blessing, $11 went into the horn of plenty.
As I got paid each week, I would set aside my abundant sharing, then I paid my bills. And how those loans began to disappear! Doctors I hadn’t seen in a year sent me checks for $50, $100, even one for $350 because their “Internal audit” determined I had been overcharged. Financially I was being blessed abundantly, but Malachi 3:10 doesn’t just refer to finances. Physically, mentally, and spiritually I began to prosper in ways I never imagined.
To this day my wife and I ALWAYS abundantly share, and we have never regretted it. We do it with excitement and glee because we know the return is exponential. We just don’t have room enough to receive it! So, we get to give more!