Every time I get paid, I give my first fruits to God. When this season was cancelled, I was recovering from an injury and there was a lot of uncertainty around where my paychecks would come from, but I still gave. Why? Because I’m committed to giving. I truly believe what the Bible has to say about tithing.
“‘Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob Me. But you ask, “How are we robbing You?” In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse — your whole nation — because you are robbing Me. 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.’” — Malachi 3:8-10
My tithing stemmed from one of my teammates telling me about his experience tithing. He and his wife had a baby on the way, and even in a time filled with a lot of uncertainty for them, they faithfully gave and experienced God exponentially caring for them and blessing them. I saw the kind of faith and peace they had and I wanted it for myself. I didn’t know if I would experience the same kind of blessings that my friend was, but I knew I’d find more of God. So he discipled me and showed me where to start.
I used to think, “When I have more money, I’ll give. God knows I need this money and I can’t give it to Him. I’ll give if someone really needs it or if I happen to have a few dollars in my wallet when I’m at church.” I was so anxious about my finances, not trusting God to take care of me. But ever since I’ve started tithing, I’ve experienced chains breaking in my life. God has changed my own heart and revealed to me that this is more about Him than it is about me. It’s a way to serve the Church and show God I trust Him.
I know it’s so worth it to give to God first no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. Tithing has become such a huge aspect of my life and a foundation of my faith. I trust the Lord with my money, and with every area of my life. I want to give back to Him, especially in times of uncertainty such as this because I know He can use it to help someone else. I find a lot of peace and joy in that alone.
We can only understand so much of what God is doing in this world. We may experience God opening the floodgates of Heaven in our lives on this side of eternity, or maybe we won’t see some of His blessings until we reach the other side. Maybe we will be blessed materially and maybe we won’t, or maybe it won’t look like how we expect it to look. But God is in control and if we trust Him, He will do immeasurably more in our hearts and lives than we expect or hope for.
I don’t know about you, but I want to serve the Kingdom. Sometimes that can be hard to do, especially when you find yourself quarantined for weeks at a time. But one thing we can do: We can give.
— Nate Augspurger, USA Rugby and San Diego Legion player
Nate Augspurger is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Nate’s Increase profile: https://theincrease.com/author/nate-augspurger/
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