Have you ever had something looming over your head that you know you needed to do, but simply did not want to do it? It was not necessarily a matter of whether or not it was going to be good for you if you did it, because you knew that it probably would be. Simply put, you were looking for an excuse out of it.

All throughout my schooling years, my teachers and professors thought that it would be a great idea to give me tests over the material that they had covered in class. You remember these days. As another test would come around, I would often have this idea: I’ll study later! If I could just find something to keep me preoccupied, maybe the test would not come. I knew that if I would study, I would do much better on the test. My teacher had already told me this multiple times; however, often times I would respond with a “I know better” attitude.

Christians have been guilty of responding to this matter of tithing the very same way that I responded to studying for tests. God has clearly commanded us to tithe. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” You and I are to bring the tithe, or ten percent of our income to the Lord.” But, isn’t it easy to look for an excuse? One man said if you are looking for an excuse to not tithe each month, your list will probably look something like this:

  • In January – because the Christmas bills due
  • In February – because of fuel bills and car upkeep
  • In March – because of income taxes
  • In April – because of Easter clothes
  • In May – because too much rain threatens the crops
  • In June – because too little rain threatens the crops
  • In July – because of saving for vacation
  • In August – because vacation bills are due
  • In September – because of school supplies
  • In October – because of winter clothes and doctor bills
  • In November – because of Thanksgiving
  • In December – because of Christmas shopping

Let’s be honest, if you are looking for an excuse not to tithe, then you will probably find one. Choose to obey God in the matter of tithing. Just like studying for a test, it may be hard to start, but you realize that it is always worth it.