Is Revival Directly Connected To Our Tithing and Our Giving?
The following was an excerpt from chapter 6 of the EBook written by Pastor David Church entitled Where Your Treasure Is.
I want to set out to answer that question for you today. One of the most frustrating thoughts that I deal with as a pastor is, “Where is the money going to come from.”
* Lord you called me to this city for the purpose of revival.
* You have commissioned the church to go out into the highways and byways to compel people to come.
* This gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all nations for Your Name sake.
* Lord you said that we need pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists, and apostles.
* We need them for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body.
* We need land, buildings, and ministers to house this revival.
* How are we going to accomplish Your will without the finances that we need?
I believe that God is upset that we even have to bother ourselves with that question. Nevertheless, the question still exists: How can we have revival without the proper funds? The answer is, we can’t. It takes money to have revival. Just like anything else in our world takes money, revival takes money.
Even while I am writing this chapter, my wife has asked for the approval of funds to be released for a myriad of expenses for our church building. And guess what, our offering came nowhere close to covering those expenses. I am not complaining, just stating the truth. In fact, there are many other men of God who are struggling much worse than I am. There are many other ministries that are suffering and struggling with financial ruin.
Why is that? Could it be because only four percent of professing Christians tithe back to the Lord? Is it any wonder the church is struggling to have revival? We are not having revival because we are too worried about the bills: Money that should be used to expand the ministry is being used for; electricity, gas, water, heat, the mortgage, repairs and so on. Many of you pastors can’t even think about taking a salary, much less hiring a youth pastor. And what about missions? How can you afford to do that? It is the same old 80/20 rule, 20% of the people carrying 80% of the burden. That was never the plan of God for His kingdom.
The Bible says, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt 6:21 KJV Our heart follows our treasure, and since America is not putting their money into the Kingdom of God, their hearts are not their either. Tithing is not simply about money, it is an issue of the heart. God is trusting us to faithfully manage His funds. If we can’t manage the ten percent, how could God ever trust us with more? Our tithing and our giving is directly related to revival! He can’t give us any more if we can’t handle what we already have!
This article “Is Revival Directly Connected to Our Tithing and Our Giving?” by David Church was excerpted from: http://www.pastoralhelps.com/tithe/ June 2009. It may be used for study & research purposes only.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”