Never despise the days of Preparation ~ Joe Doran.
When I first came across the term, Gab it 'n' grab it, I admit I was highly amused. It expressed only too well my opinion of certain sections of Christianity ~ you know, the sharp suits with their hands always out stating that if you sowed into their ministry your return would be a hundredfold as they fleeced the sheep. Um, thank you for asking, but no.
With that mindset a subject on prosperity wasn't getting me dancing up & down with excitement. Now don't get me wrong. I believe, always have, that God desires to bless His people ~ but I didn't want to be greedy, you know. After all, there is so much need in the world & I already live in a 1st world country so I am blessed beyond measure before I begin. As so often happens when a teaching gets skewered & turns people off I actually missed the point.
Prosperity was taught by a visiting preacher, Joe Doran. From the moment I clapped eyes on him I had an epiphany. I sensed this man was really full of the Holy Spirit ~ & so I was prepared to pay attention. What's more he had just, on the Holy Spirit's say so, up~rooted his entire family to serve around the world for a whole year. He had left behind his business, a nice house, his position in his church ~ & his income! Okaaaaay......
God amuses me. I think Dino was going a bit nuts but I don't think there were too many ways I was going to get this teaching & for me Joe was perfect because he drifted ~ sometimes a long way ~ but he was following the Spirit's leading & he spoke more about following the Spirit's leading than he did about money. This I understood. He spoke about following the Spirit's prompting with our giving. Again this made perfect sense, at least to me. Finally he pointed out we should want to be blessed because the more we are blessed the more we have to give & this is God's provision for all His people. Light~bulb moment.
Within that framework the tithe starts to make sense. What's more, again, following the Spirit's lead, if we allow the desires of our hearts to be the desires God plants then He will also provide. So....I am doing some rethinking. Reading the scriptures. Listening for the Holy Spirit. Because it is not about selfishness. It is about advancing the kingdom of God.