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How to Teach People to Tithe (and Why Some Will Resent It)

7) Faith means there will always be obstacles. To wait until there are none before serving the Lord is to play into the hand of the enemy.

“We walk by faith and not by sight,” says 2 Corinthians 5:7. To walk “by sight” would mean all our questions are answered, all information is in, the money is in hand, all our doubts are satisfied, our fears are gone, our friends are on board and our family is supportive.

That is not going to happen. We live in a fallen world which “is no friend to grace,” as the old hymn puts it.

Our friend Carol was a new believer and struggling to raise three small children as a single mom. She told my wife one day, “I know God wants me to tithe my income. And you know I don’t make enough to live on as it is. But I’ve decided. I’m just going to do it regardless.”

That’s how it’s done.

Every tither I’ve ever met came to a point in life where they had to decide that “regardless” of their debts and fears and a hundred other factors, they would obey the Lord.

8. Then, after a year or two of consistent tithing (or sacrifically giving, however you define it), your priorities will have evened out and the practice should be less painful. 

I promise that you will never regret the money you contribute to the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the feeling of accomplishment the Lord gives you as a result is worth its weight in gold.

“Anyone who gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple—I assure you: He will never lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). 

If you are a disciple of Jesus, you will want to get started giving.  

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Joe McKeever has been a preacher for nearly 60 years, a pastor for 42 years, and a cartoonist/writer for Christian publications all his adult life. He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.