If you go to church, you’ll hear a lot of about sowing and reaping and how you should give to the church and to charities. But what you don’t hear a lot is that your tithe isn’t giving. Your tithe is returning to God what He requires you to give back to Him. The real fun is when you start to give above your tithe!
What is giving?
You know what giving is. Giving is transferring something from you to someone else without compensation (that sounds like it’s from the dictionary or something but I totally made it up). But in the Kingdom of God, you can’t give until after you tithe. What’s tithing? Read this.
So I tithed, now what?
Now you really give. First thing to give to, extra money to your church. Just give a little (or a lot) more money with your tithe. Easy
Now you can give to other things. There’s tons of cool ministries and charities to give to (here’s some that I like). There’s also specific areas in your church that you can give to. Give money to a homeless person. Drop money in a red bucket outside a grocery store. Bring food to a food bank. Buy a gift card for a friend. Give a teenager your old clothes. Drop off coffee at the church office. Buy donuts for some firemen. There’s tons of things and people to give to and a thousand good ways to give!
What’s sewing a reaping?
The Bible talks about sowing a reaping. It’s one of those basic principles that works so well that most cultures have some sort of word or term for it. Ever heard of Karma? What goes around comes around? Seed time and harvest? It’s all the same principle as sowing a reaping.
When you plant seed (sowing), the plant grows and later you get a lot of fruit (reaping). When you give (sowing), later you’ll get more money or other blessings back (reaping).
Double double and triple triple?
Oh yeah! You might hear people saying that televangelists keep promising the double double and the triple triple. What they mean is when you give money to them, God will bless you back with twice or three times as much. What they are doing is trying to take advantage of the sewing a reaping principle to get people to give them money. This has sort of put a stigma on the idea of sewing a reaping. People don’t like to talk about giving and getting back double or triple because it makes them look like they’re trying to rip you off.
I’m hear to say that the double double and the triple triple are real! (But it might not be a good idea to give to someone who is promising it) In fact, the Bible promises more than double! It says thirty, sixty and one hundred fold! God set up sewing and reaping, and it works. But don’t give just to get back. It’s not an investment. Give to give.
Give to give?
Giving is awesome! I try to give all the time. There’s ministries I give to because I believe in what they’re doing. I give extra to my church because I know that they use all of the money they get to further the Kingdom of God. I like to drop things off at people’s houses and drive away. It’s fun to drop off stuff at the salvation arm.
Giving is like a drug. Once you start doing it, you won’t want to stop. You might get blessed back by giving, but who cares? It’s fun to give whether you ever get anything back or not!
God wants you to give. He doesn’t want to just bless you, He wants you to bless others. It’s awesome!