My Dad was a Christian businessman who tithed 15% of his income to the church.
That’s right. A whopping 15%. Before taxes. With a wife and five kids.
He did so even when he had to re-mortgage his business property and his business was on the skids.
At the age of fifty he and my brother sold up everything in Pennsylvania and put all their eggs into one basket–they moved to South Carolina and opened a men’s clothing store.
Over the next ten years they began to be fairly prosperous. At that point my Dad gave even more of his money to the Lord’s work.
I’m convinced that tithing brings prosperity.
How does it work? Six things begin to happen:
First, when you tithe your attitude to you wealth changes.
By giving sacrificially you achieve detachment. The money and the stuff money buys doesn’t matter to you so much anymore.
Giving sacrificially sets things in their right priority.
So what happens when you achieve detachment? You don’t care about money and the stuff money buys as much so you live more simply. You don’t give two hoots for the big trophy house. You don’t really want a lake house or beach house. You are happy to lease a car or drive an older car. You don’t need all the toys and all the crap.
Consequently, as you live more simply you have more money.
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