Yet you still tithe

Dear Friends,

As we read the Bible, we come across wonder statements of faith.  One of these is found in Philippians 4:19.  It states: “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Do you believe this promise?  There is evidence for our belief in this promise.  This evidence includes continuing to tithe no matter what is going on in your life.  You have a summer vacation, or any vacation, to plan and pay for, yet you still tithe.  You have a larger tax bill than you were expecting, yet you still tithe.  You want to give all of your friends and family something nice for Christmas, yet you still tithe.

It is in the context of Philippians 4 that we find Paul writing to the church in Philippi about their support of his ministry.  He says, starting in verse 10, that he is “content with whatever I have.”  No matter how much or little he has had, he knows he “can do all things through him who strengthens him” (4:13).  Paul is saying that Jesus is the one who helps him in all situations.

It is the work of the church to support him.  Paul is saying that they can trust God as they have helped him.  As we support various ministries and missionaries, we too can “do all things through him who strengthens us (italics mine).”  What does this look like for our church?  With the number of outreach projects and ministries we support through the church, we see consistent, faithful giving year round.  No matter what is going on in our lives, we tithe and give offerings that show our trust in God.  We give, not looking for massive repayment from God.  We give, because we know that” God will satisfy every need of ours, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

“To our God and Father be glory forever and eve.” – Philippians 4:20

In Christ’s Service,

John Grimm

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