Testing His Generosity - Simon and Melanie Song's Story
Growing up, neither Simon or I was taught about tithing. All I knew about giving to the church was that my mom would give me a dollar to drop in the offering plate. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I really understood what it meant to tithe. Simon and I have always been very conscious of our spending. We don't make frivolous purchases. Ever since we were married, we have been able to save several hundred dollars each month.
We thought we were financially prepared and doing the best we could. During one of Gilbert's sermons on money, he discussed tithing. Simon and I were called to begin doing so. Gilbert talked about "God's math" (90% of your income with God's blessing is greater than keeping 100% for yourself) and, although we thought we were doing our best, we were led to tithe.
We really didn't think our financial situation would change, or even that it needed to. However, within a few weeks of beginning to tithe, God presented us with an amazing opportunity. We were able to drop our mortgage interest rate from 6.3% to 3.!%. Altogether we will end up saving over $100,000 by the time we pay off our house!
We didn't see how God could bless us financially until we let Him have what was already His. Once we trusted Him, He blessed us even more.