This time it’s not a test

Starting September 1, 2013 our family double-tithed for a month, we gave 20% of our income back to God, that is, to our local church.  God gave me a new job and other nice things happened.  (See, https://i-m-4-u.com/2013/09/29/did-god-pass-the-test/).  But that was 3 and a half years ago.

My wife and I were listening this morning to a pastor talk about the fun of miracles happening in our lives and in the lives of others.    I asked God to give me the desire to be receptive to his miracles again by doing what he says to do.  I remembered what we did back in 2013.  And so, the fire was lit.  We are going to do another double-tithe for a month.  While much happened for us last time, relationally and financially,  I am anticipating much happening for others this time.  Still, one of my goals is that my wife and two sons and myself grow in our trust of our invisible God.  I want God to make himself “real and tangible” in our hearts and minds.

So Jesus, we are ready for whatever you want to do in, through and for us, take it away…

Confict? Old and New Testament concerning "Did God pass the "test"? (posted Sunday 9/29/13)

Three years ago our family double tithed (gave 20% of our income) for the month of September.  I got the job of my dreams and many other things happened that were wonderful.  Then I listen to Andrew Farley’s interpretation of tithing more recently: The New Testament Church is not given a command to obey the Law or to tithe.  We are commanded to love, by walking with and keeping in step with the Spirit.  Specifically relating to giving we are told to give generously what we want to give, not under compulsion; that is, with joy.  So is the New Testament in conflict with the Old Testament?

Not at all.

Jesus said, “It is for freedom I have set you free.”  And, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  The Law was a fixed command.  But now Jesus and God live in us by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus can tell us exactly what He wants, He can customize His will to our unique situation.  And we can freely choose to do what He wants us to do.  And reap the positive consequences of obeying the One Who Loves Us Most.

Until Jesus tells me otherwise, we will tithe (out of our own free will).  Not because we feel obligated by law.  But because we love Jesus.