If I truly believe that He is God (Bai Li – Central Campus)

If I truly believe that He is God (Bai Li – Central Campus)

“and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” (Genesis 28:22)

“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:30)

18 years ago, when I first became a Christian, a sister told me that Christians have the responsibility of tithing. I thought to myself “ wow, I knew this was coming!”. I was very unwilling. I don’t have much money anyways, and I have no knowledge of tithing, so we can just wait till later. I was living in Beijing at the time, attending an underground family church.

God loves me and provides for me, I am never in need. I am truly unworthy.  I have grown in His love and His words teach me and build my faith.  I ask myself, “ Do I really believe He is the true God, the maker of the heaven and the earth? “ Without hesitation I answer “Yes!”  I then ask “If I truly believe that He is God, would He allow me to suffer because of a little money given back to Him? Doesn’t everything I have come from the Lord? He not only will provide for me, He will even add on to me, because He delights in my obedience!” From that moment on, I have never hesitated to give, and I look  forward to tithing. However my husband was not a believer, he was not happy about me going to church and I didn’t dare bring up the subject of tithing!

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible!” (Matthew 19:26)

In 2004, our family moved to California, and settled in San Diego. This is where I found Chinese Bible Church, my spiritual family.  Because my daughter was young, I had to quit work for a while. My husband and I thought it would be rather difficult when I started to look for work again. I committed my job search to the Lord, and surprisingly, I had an interview right away and the company was very close to my home.  My agent told me that there are many candidates applying for this position, to not ask for too much salary because I had not worked for a while.  A few days late I called one of the interviewers at the company, and he said the company was very satisfied with me and have basically decided to hire me. I was very happy to hear the good news. A few weeks past and I did not hear back from them, so I called to inquire again. They told me that they had an internal transfer so are not going to be hiring anymore. I was very depressed, and I said to God “ You gave me this job, why did you take it away again?” God replied “ I will give you something better.” I thought “ This is good enough, why do I need anything better?”

I asked my husband if I find another job that will pay me 10% higher than the one I lost, can I tithe that  extra money to God? My husband thought it was hard enough for me to find work, let alone one with higher pay. He agreed immediately. I prayed to the Lord “ God, please give me a job that will pay me 10% more than this current one, so I can tithe that money to you!”

Shortly after, I found a job at Nokia, with a salary almost 10% more than the last one. My husband is a man of his words, he never takes back something he has promised. He saw God’s hand in my job search, and doesn’t say anything more about my going to church. He also started his own journey of getting to know God.

I then started tithing faithfully.  To me, this is not an obligation, but a privilege.  I have never been in need, and have never worried.  Because God said “ Do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” ( Luke 12:29-31)

Dear brothers and sisters, do you believe that He is the one true God that created the heavens and the earth? If you truly believe Him to be God, you need to believe that He will not let us be in need because of our offering. He will give us even more, because He delights in our obedience!