Resident QF Tafadzwa Charlene Gunda shares with us a remarkable testimony of what tithing has done for her. A subject of great debate especially in the age of churches preaching the prosperity gospel, many of us Christians have become quite disillusioned about what tithing actually means and whether or not it is in actual fact biblical. Taffy sheds light on how tithing ministered to her in her piece entitled “The Power of Tithing.”
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
Oh how true the word of God is, I can testify that indeed, God is not man that he should lie, not the son of man that he should repent, Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil? “Numbers 23:19”
For years I had fasted and prayed for a good job within my legal profession, and with a reputable law firm. I had sowed countless seeds but to no avail. Many a times I felt like throwing in the towel and accept what life had to offer.
One day a friend introduced me to her Pastor in Zimbabwe, we got to talk and as I poured out my frustrations and heart matters he interjected and asked “Daughter do you pay your tithe”? The conversation was all too familiar and I did have my answer ready. No I don’t because I already help out in the community and I have a lot of outgoings. I had a good deed I was doing for God and to me that sufficed as my tithing.
He explained to me that my deed was an offering, my tithe is a separate issue altogether, 10% of my gross earnings. So he told me to tithe and painfully I obeyed. So I tithed, for 2 weeks nothing happened not that I expected anything to be honest.
On the 3rd week, I got an email from a prospective employer wanting to interview me on the following day which was a Friday. I just ignored it, I was tired of attending dead end interviews. On Saturday out of the blue a friend called and asked me to come and preach at her church The Salvation Army. I was ecstatic, beside myself with joy, what a divine opportunity and to me it was yet another confirmation that God surely knows our thoughts and what is in our hearts.
But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
In my heart I had yearned to be given an opportunity to preach the word, and God had answered me. Sunday I preached and it felt SUPER, MEGA GOOD. Monday morning I received a call, Charlene we have seen your CV, we are impressed and we are offering you a job in our law firm to start on Thursday.
I was shocked and asked, just like that? No interview nothing? No Charlene, we need you to start ASAP.
I fell flat on my tummy and worshipped God, I cried called my prayer warriors and cried some more. That door that had been shut for years was wide open. I got a job in an international law firm that’s in the magic circle and top 30.
God is indeed faithful to his word, he said in Malachi 3 10-12 test me, try me and see if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that you can’t contain. God honoured his word, like it’s said in
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
I would like to encourage you to pay your tithes, it will push God to move in your life.
QF Taffy Gunda