By Christopher Simon
Tithing and the Secret of Living Abundantly
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” ~ Malachi 3:10 NIV
Abundance and synergy are built into the very fabric of our world. Put a small seed into the earth and with the addition of a bit of rain and sunshine it returns a hundredfold. The energy stored within every atom manifests a similar superabundance.There is much to be said for giving and living abundantly. When we do so we almost always reap more than we sow.
We may not understand the secret connections and mechanisms underlying abundance, who but the botanist and the Creator really understands how the tiny acorn becomes the mighty oak? But we can trust that it is there.
Perhaps nowhere do we see this more clearly than in those who give of themselves unselfishly. These saintly people who give it all away are from all appearances the happiest people in our midst, while the misers who can’t bear to give anything away often seem small, petty, and unhappy by comparison. So give and live abundantly, and most of all, do not skimp in your giving back to God. It will return to you many times over, though the riches you reap may be spiritual rather than material.