Let’s keep the numbers small and applicable to Americans. The median U.S. household income for 2014 according was $53,647.00. If we take the number of professing Christians in America, which Gallup says is 75%, it would equal 243 million people. Let’s divide 243 by 3 to calculate the correct family ratio and we get 81 million Christian families in America. If we multiply 81 million by the average annual income of an American family then we have an annual combined Christian income in the USA of approximately $4.35 trillion dollars! Divide this by 10 for the tithe and we see $435 billion dollars that should be in the American Christian storehouse! No offerings, just the tithe. (See Malachi 3:8-12)
Here is the “good news” of God’s strategy: the total cost to eradicate annual WORLD HUNGER today is estimated to be 20 billion dollars! The total cost to eradicate homelessness in America annually is estimated at 30 billion dollars. God’s original plan, when followed, removes hunger from the world and provides a home for every person in the United States with over 385 billion remaining to solve the world’s issues! And the beauty is this: it is an investment of 10 cents of every dollar you earn! It’s a percentage not an amount. It’s the same percentage for all, rich or poor! It is fair and it solves huge problems that government has proven to be inept at solving. Best of all, God gets the glory! When you help a hungry person, they will be open to The Gospel. When you give a homeless family shelter, they will listen to the message of the Cross! Yes, people get saved!! Heaven gets filled! Hell is avoided! God is glorified! God’s strategy works!
1 Timothy 2:3-4 reads: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Once again - the King’s strategy is perfect. However, He is asking us to participate. That is why it’s called the Great Co-Mission! Man wants victory so God gives strategy, men get the victory and God gets the glory! Perfect plan! Follow your King.
Consider the following story...
A Pastor was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."
The Lord led the Pastor to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the Pastor looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The Pastor shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, "You have seen Hell." They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew, which made the Pastor's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The Pastor said, "I don't understand." The Lord said, “It is simple. It requires only one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves."
When Jesus died on the cross he was thinking of you!
When you tithe, you are using your long-handled spoon to feed others. You have chosen to be unselfish. You are obeying God’s plan to fill His storehouse and put meat in His house to feed others. When you offer above the tithe, you are saying, I’ve met what God asked for but he is worth so much more to me that I can’t help but give more.
Read more in Test Me: The Malachi Mystery. Click here to order.
A good friend tells the story of a small industrial town that lost 100 percent of its electricity when the plant shut down. They called a local electrician to take a look at it. He was unable to fix the problem. The next step was to call the large electric company in the metropolitan city an hour away. An electrician was sent out. He took out a hammer and began to tap in one area, listen, and then tap another. He did this for an hour. Then he returned to the second area he had tapped and drew back and hit the area with his hammer at full strength. The lights came on in the city.
A week went by and the town received a bill for $100,000 for the electrician’s services. The town mayor was upset at the outrageous cost. A letter was sent to the electrician stating the town felt the amount was not fair for the amount of time and effort expended on this job. The electrician replied,
“The hammer cost $5.00. Knowing where to strike costs $95,995.00.”
The value of this small book lies in the fact that God, through the ages, has given us the place to strike with the hammer, and we have literally missed His clues for solving a great mystery. Now, He is pointing to the key place again to strike. When you know where to strike, it makes all the difference in the world! Take hold of your “hammer.”
I dare you!
Israel has always been God’s strategic family, meant to be used to bless the earth. If you are a born-again believer, you are entitled to Israel’s promised blessing. Now, that’s good news. Throughout Test Me!, I unravel the secret key to unlock where to use the hammer.
Finding this key will…
I will reveal to you what God has revealed to me, my family, and thousands of others: The Malachi Mystery!
I’ve always believed God has given us a decoder to the mysteries of His Word. Understand this: God has not hidden secrets from us; He’s hidden them for us. The only qualification for you to understand the revelatory keys to unlocking His mysteries is to give Him control of your entire life. When you decide to give Him your life, you become set apart from the rest of the world who has not yet declared allegiance to Him.
- G.F. Watkins