God rarely asks His followers to test Him in the scriptures. It seems almost absurd to give God a test. When I think of the toughest tests I ever took during my education I know that God would have done them perfectly. God cannot fail a test.
In the above portion of scripture, we are invited to give God a test. We are asked to put Him to test by giving 10% of our income to Him as worship and a declaration of trust that He is our source.
This kind of giving is standard beginning place of giving among God’s people. God promises us that it will be a blessed interaction with Him. Given what so many Christ followers know about the character of God and the reliability of the Bible, it is astounding to me that the vast majority of people (Via Church included) do not take God up on His offer. This represents a glaring spiritual immaturity.
As a pastoral team, we are not satisfied with only 26.3% of our giving families giving at this level. We are not satisfied with nearly 70% of you not experiencing the joy of fellowship with God in this area. We want to see this number increase.
We are challenging every family that is not currently tithing to put God to the test by giving 10% of your income for the next 3 months (September, October, and November). If at the end of those three months, if you want you tithe back for any reason, Via Church will do just that. Our leadership is that confident in God’s ability to pass this test in your life!
Do not allow fear, cynicism, or indifference to keep you from trusting our God who provides. Don’t allow these things to aid spiritual maturity in your life or harden your heart to the work of God in your life. Corporately, when we allow these things to have a grip on our giving practices, we threaten the mission that God has given to us as a church.