“Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much, and the one who is dishonest with little is also dishonest with much. If you haven’t been faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:10-11, Common English Bible)
I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week. — John D. Rockefeller, Sr
Several years ago there was a story that actually made the local news. This athlete was giving a tithe of his multi-million dollar salary. His salary was well known and the surprised news media made sure everyone knew the amount of the donation. It was a tithe. I must give credit to this athlete. He did as God instructed in the Scriptures.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times over the years I have heard people say, “Preacher, when I win the lottery I will give a tithe to the church.” I don’t really say much of anything since the odds of being struck by lightening are greater than of winning the lottery. I also understand what John D. Rockefeller Sr. was saying. It becomes really hard to give that large amount of money when you haven’t been doing it all along.
My pastor when I began candidacy for ministry told the story of a man who had always been a tither but after a series of pay increases, he went to his pastor and said, “I’m not sure I can continue tithing. A tithe of my salary is a lot of money.”
The preacher nodded his head in agreement and said, “I can see your point. That is a whole lot of money. Let’s go to the altar and kneel for prayer.”
“Why are we going to do that?” the man asked.
The preacher said, “We are going to pray for you to start making less money.”
All too often that is the way we are. We think everything about more money sounds great, until we start thinking of that percentage off the top for a tithe. Then it is another matter entirely.
Sometimes we think, “When I get a raise I will start to tithe.” Or, “When I win the lottery I will start to tithe.” When I… When I… When I…
My response to that is, if you aren’t willing to tithe now, on what you make, if you can’t do the thing God calls all of us to do, what makes you think God is going to trust you with even more? Our lesson reminds us, “Whoever is faithful with little, is also faithful with much.” If God can’t trust us with the little things, how in the world can God ever trust us with larger things.
I would suggest that you rethink playing the lottery regardless of your faithfulness. I am not at all convinced of God’s favor when it comes to gambling.
As people of faith we are called to do what is right with what God entrusts to us. I don’t think we should expect God to give us more until we are faithful with what we have.
I should say, just because you start to tithe, don’t necessarily think you are going to see a salary increase. Still, we are called to be faithful with what we have and live out the commands of Scripture. We are called to tithe.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Grace and Peace,
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