Unlocking the rewards of generous living BY robert morris
I read this book at the beginning of quarantine last year. The concepts and values that I learned have stayed with me. So much so, I decided to finally write about it.
To be honest, I still consider myself a “baby Christian.” But I am not sure how much longer I can get away with this act. I started my relationship with Christ in July of 2016. That will be 5 years this summer! Once and a while I’ll say “oh I don’t know that much about __, I’m still a “baby Christian” or something to that nature. However, I am on a mission to continue to learn and grow my faith! This book was extremely helpful in doing just that.
As a new Christian, when it comes to tithing I was always confused. How much do I give? What do others give? Why do I give? Since starting church I’ve also been a struggling entrepreneur that would frequently find myself in between part-time jobs. I would volunteer too. To me, that counted as “tithing.” However, as great as volunteering is, it’s not tithing.
After reading The Blessed Life I understood why I tithe, how to tithe, and all of the blessings that come with tithing. To my surprise, it’s not just about giving money, it’s so much more than that.
“It always requires faith to give the first. That’s why so few Christians experience the blessings of tithing. It means giving to God before you see if you’re going to have enough. By tithing, it is as if we are saying to God, ‘I recognize You first. I am putting You first in my life, and I trust You to take care of the rest of the things in my life.’”
I not only started tithing, but I also set up my business to give the first as well! It has been a blessing in both areas of my life. Again, it’s not a huge amount of money (right now), but it is something. It’s also not about the money, it’s about the posture of my heart. It is about being a steward. How do I expect God to bless me with more if I don’t give a portion of what I have now?
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to grow a stronger, deeper relationship with the Lord and to be blessed!
Some of my favorite quotes:
“The tithe, the firstborn, and the firstfruits all belong to the Lord.” (Exodus 13:2, Exodus 23:19, Malachi 3:6)
“All tithers give the testimony that they are blessed, and all nontithers give the testimony that they can’t afford to tithe.”
“Tithing is not law to me—it is life!”
“There is a second principle of multiplication: Only what is given away can multiply.”
“The truth is that God not only uses our stuff to test us, but He uses other people’s stuff as well. In other words, how we respond to someone else being blessed says a lot about the condition of our hearts.”
“God is not against us having nice things. On the contrary, He loves to see His people blessed. But motives are everything!” Proverbs 16
“A valuable practice is to pray about every significant financial purchase and wait overnight before you commit.”
“The truth is no amount of money will ever impress God. There is only one thing you can possibly give to God that would constitute an extravagant gift—yourself.”
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Morris shared many tithing testimonies and how he’s been able to bless others. Morris makes everything relatable, tangible, and overall inspiring.
On an extremely personal note and I guess my own little testimony: I started reading this book on May 3, 2020. On June 17, 2020, I wrote on page 47, “Lord, from here on out I will tithe 10% of all income; myself and my business. I love you. I promise I will try my best to always stay true to my word.” I finished reading The Blessed Life on September 26, 2020. Not even a full month later I randomly applied and was accepted to be on a reality zoom cash show via a local radio station. I came in second place and won an advertising campaign for my business! Which is set to launch in May, almost one full year later. I didn’t put the pieces together until now, but wow, it’s incredible. I am not sure what’s going to come from it, but I’m expectant because I believe in an expectant God!
To continue being honest, I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with money. It was frequently a problem in my childhood home growing up and now as an adult, I have learned that it takes time, patience, and knowledge to be responsible when it comes to money. Reading this book has helped tremendously! Lastly, I don’t always tithe perfectly. However, I continue to try and put God first in all aspects of my life, the best I can, one day at a time.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21