This morning I preached on the tithe [the Biblical concept of returning to God the first 10% of our earnings] and never have I had so much fun talking about what is normally sensitive issue. I wanted to share what happened at the conclusion of both of our services; because it was an experience I will never forget.
After my message and a testimony from one of my friends, I led the people into a time of response. I had them close their eyes [which I don't normally do]. I then asked them to lift their hands [which I don't normally do] if they could honestly say they had experienced the abundant blessings of God as a result of the tithe. Upon this request I saw hands fly up across the room...in both services! I prayed for them and thanked God for their faithfulness.
I then felt certain that their was a group of people [I had no idea how large], who after hearing what God's word had to say on the topic, had been convicted and desired to step out in faith and begin honoring Him with their tithe. As I did with the first group, I asked those that desired to make that decision to raise their hands. I expected a couple, but was overwhelmed with emotion when I saw hands fly up around the room...in both services!
To visibly see people from all walks of life making their first step to honoring God with their finances, it was a sight I will never forget. I saw young and old, new Christians and long time, leaders and followers raise their hand and say, "I want to take God at His Word. I want to begin tithing."
What a day!