A profound opportunity for spiritual growth exists today. The spiritual practice of tithing is one of the foundational faith-building principles in this world.
The secret of Ananda’s survival has always been the simple practice: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.” God is the great Giver.
To receive the most from Him, we need to be on His wavelength of Giving — spiritually, energetically, mentally, and materially.
Many people don’t know the story behind “Thank you, God,” Ananda’s tithing program. . . . The underlying principle is that everything in life comes from God — health, energy, ability to serve, and all income. To acknowledge and honor God as the Supreme Giver, the tither vows to give some percentage of his income to its true Source. Since God has no checking account, the tithe is given to the source of one’s spiritual inspiration.
What happens then is profound. In some inexplicable way, the tither enters into a relationship with God, one that includes not only prayer and meditation but material wealth as well. By expressing gratitude to God through giving back to Him in a material way, His support and blessings are drawn into one’s material life, often in dramatic ways.
Here’s how tithing works: Whenever money comes to you, you immediately share your tithe with God. If you wait to see IF you have enough left over at the end of the month, you probably won’t. But when you offer the tithe first, somehow God makes sure that you don’t come up short. The result is a beautiful relationship with God — one that deepens your connection and builds your faith.
Notice how contractive the following way of thinking feels: “Here is all I have to pay my bills. How can I meet my obligations if I tithe before I pay my creditors?” Now think instead, “I know God is taking care of my every need. I gratefully acknowledge His blessings by returning a portion of my income to Him as a tithe.” Notice how expansive this response feels in your mind and your heart! It is a statement of faith that God will listen to your prayers, will respond — will stand by you to the end.
Experience firsthand how tithing builds faith. Pray to God that He guide you in this spiritual practice. Make your tithe a gift, a conscious expression of gratitude to Him. The amount is not important, only that you offer it with love and a grateful heart. Thank you, God!
In divine friendship,
For Ananda Worldwide