Stewardship is an important thing in the Christian life. When a pastor talks about tithing, people, in my experience, tend to groan. Another sermon on giving more to the church, they say.
The Mormon church require tithing. I don’t remember how they did tithing when I attended the Mormon church as I was not old enough to begin tithing.
“Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden. Our people believe in the word of God as set forth in the book of Malachi, that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them (Malachi 3:8-10). Moving and touching is the testimony of Latter-day Saints throughout the world concerning this the Lord’s law for the financing of His work.” From Here.
“Our people are expected,” he says in this quote from Mormon.org. Christians are asked, and yet, not enough is said about stewardship.
On my shopping list is a Bible that focuses on Stewardship. I want to learn more from the Old Testament when God required tithing and provided more than enough to His people to provide that tithing to the New Testament. It’s not the Christian church asking for donations, it’s asking people to believe that God will do what He said He will do. Living on faith is a blessing.
- Trust that God will provide a new job if the old job runs its course.
- Trust God in the fiery trials. Don’t let the trials change you; let God change you through the process. What men mean for evil, God will turn to good.
- You are not alone. God is not some distant God.
When I was single, I didn’t give. I gave my time as a substitute, missing the blessing of giving like the widow in the Bible. Even in my broke state, I could have sacrificed for Jesus–the man who gave His human life for my Salvation–my weekly teas and day old muffin treats or my movie rentals. Most people don’t understand that living on faith is such a blessing.
Try it. Give up something and give back to a God who gave you life.