By: Marilyn Kyere
Giving is always an uncomfortable topic to discuss in church, but it is a subject that needs to be taught. The benefits of giving are so extraordinary that it is imperative for Christians to be well informed. In 2 Corinthians 9:7 it states, “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.”
I never understood the importance of tithing until I was born-again. I was an emotional giver for many years. I rarely paid tithes and my offerings on Sundays were inconsistent, and yet I was expecting so much from God! While digging for answers on gaining financial freedom as a Christian, I came to understand that God has already promised financial prosperity, but I was not doing my part to receive the blessings. I came across, Malachi 3:10 where is states, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, “says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” How incredible is this verse? God is asking us to test him! I was convicted when I read this verse, I repented for the years of not tithing and began to tithe.
I noticed the benefits of giving and tithing. I have become more joyful and content. I haven’t lacked financially since becoming mindful and consistent in giving into the kingdom. In addition, I continue to prosper spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally. Yes, your seeds, tithes and offerings speak for you in Heaven and on earth. Hallelujah. I pray that you will receive the spirit of giving cheerfully, in the name of Jesus.