Sunday, January 27th, 2013
Show Me The Money (Part 5)
Tithes: A Magnificent Return
Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
Genesis 13:2 (NKJV)
'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,' says the Lord of hosts, 'if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.'
Malachi 3:10 (NAS)
Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NAS)
AMTC's Creative Director is David Hansen: a man of God, an artist and a deep thinker. Some years ago he found himself between jobs. David said nothing was working for him; he was in debt and down to his last ten dollars. In the depths of prayer, he decided to start tithing.
I asked, 'Did you give God one dollar?' David just smiled and said his entire life began to change--immediately. Jobs, income and a beautiful wife entered his picture. A handful of years later, David is debt free with assets, including a successful family and a career that extends beyond AMTC.
Different versions of David's story circle our earth. Millions share his secret, but countless millions more have yet to hit pay dirt.
According to David: 'Elizabeth and I are certainly examples of what it means to live in abundance. We're not 'rich' by any means, but we live a rich life. And a lot of that comes in being free to give not only to the church, but to others in need. Tithing is in many ways an untold secret. It's not magic, and God is not waiting for us to obey before He blesses us, but it's truly a harvest law: what we sow in giving, we reap in blessings. We cannot out-give God!'
'For whatever a man sows, this he will also reap' (Galatians 6:7).
'And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed' (2 Corinthians 9:8).
'Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever' (Ephesians 3:20-21).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Show Me The Money series.