I was saved at age 12, and my family decided to attend a non-dominational church in Damascus, Maryland. I am now 40 years old and have stayed in love with Jesus for all those years. Along the way there were many…MANY preachers and/or pastors who gave their “sob” story about giving money to the church. The more they begged for what I considered “my money”, the more stubborn I became. There was one church that even went as far as every Sunday morning…well, let’s say he said it every way possible (even being straight out judgmental).
I did give at times, for example, when they needed food or drinks for meetings or church outings. Once in a blue moon I would throw $20 or $50 in the box (if I had any extra money, which wasn’t often at all). You see most of Scott and I’s early years was spent in a large amount debt…we are talking anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 (most of which was credit cards). We spent almost 15 years of our marriage with large debts hanging over our heads.
It’s been over 3 years since we the Lord moved us to Pearland, Texas. Our business was starting over from scratch and after about 6 months of living in Texas I got sick of the debt which was getting worse since we still had to pay rent in Maryland ($1995.00 a month) and rent on our Texas home ( $1550.00 a month). We were getting no-where fast, but deeper in debt. I was done with it, so I started praying…and praying…and cutting cards…and looking for debt-free programs. Not long after we started down the road to being debt-free, Tom Allen started the first of the “90 day Tithe Challenge” at Crosspoint Church. Tom did an amazing job of preaching the truth of tithing and so (without signing the card) we took the challenge. We prayed and obeyed on a fixed amount (true agreement between spouses can bring the biggest blessings). After 3 months we were seeing our income rise and become steady. After one year, we were finally debt-free and had money in our business and personal accounts. So, we tested the Lord a little more…we added to the monthly amount that we originally agreed to give. It’s now been almost 2 1/2 years and our business income has stayed steady, and after renting for 4 LONG years, we were finally able to build a beautiful home right here in Pearland.
Early I stated about it being “my money”, the truth, it never was my money. The Lord gives us what we need! I pray that everyone seeks the Lord about tithing. God doesn’t need our money he needs open and willing hearts. I also completely understand that it takes time for us to fully understand our responsibility with “HIS” money. So, you will never hear judgment from me, but please do as Pastor Tom advises us… “Pray and Obey”!!!