This is a True Story from my book "Rescue the Stories, Book Three."
|Can You Afford Not To - - - ??|
The next block near our house seemed a good place for me to do some door to door. I planned my speech, “Hi we are your neighbor and I would like to leave this business card and flyer with you. Please call us if we can be of assistance.”
So far so good, and I went on to the next house.
I was met by a young gentleman and his two children. He exclaimed, “I know you, we went to the same church in
Several years had passed, but now it was all coming back to me. He invited me in, and was almost in tears as he began to pour out his sad story.
I asked him if they had been attending church, or if they had some spiritual council.
No. he related, they had not been serving the Lord at all, but he did want to make a new start for himself. I offered to pray with him to re-consecrate his life to the Lord, and suggested that he begin to attend a certain church near by.
Yes, I remember this couple well. In
They reasoned, “Because all our money will be needed for the house, we cannot afford to tithe.”
The board members set out to visit them, and encourage them not to drop out of church, for what ever the reason.
“No, they declared, “We have made our decision, and that is that.” The board members told them that they hoped they would change their mind and reconsider, but as the board members left, they felt they had lost the battle.
Many times, in life, I have used the phrase, “I can’t afford it.” The truth was, I could afford it, but in the long run, it would be a luxury that would prove to be a liability.
“I Can’t Afford it,” are words, that we should shout, when we are tempted to quit serving God, to stop attending church, to not read our Bible, and even to stop giving of our tithes to the Lord.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.