Note: This PP is a little longer than normal but please take time to read it.
“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.” Malachi 3:8
A study published in 2008 calculated what funds could be generated for ministry and missions. “In Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money, Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snel analyzed the average annual income of Christians in the United States who were committed enough to their faith to attend church services at least twice a month and calculated that in the year 2005, that group earned in excess of two trillion dollars. Based on that extraordinary number and comparing it to the amount already contributed to charitable causes annually by that same group, research showed that a tithe of after-tax income would result in an additional $46 billion per year in giving.” (Horner).
In other words, if those Christians who are only half-way committed to their faith (attend church at least twice a month) would tithe, there would be an additional $46 billion that could be used in missions and ministry. Just imaging if those Christians who are fully committed (by church attendance) to their faith would tithe, how much ministry and mission could be accomplished in our community and in the world.
March is our month for the 30-Day Tithe challenge. If you are not currently giving a tithe (10%) to the church, use this month to test God (Malachi 3:10).
- Gracious Lord, draw me to greater faithfulness to You in my giving. Remind me that wealth is measured more in what I give away than what I keep for myself.