By Rev. Doral Pulley, Today’s Church Tampa Bay
Everything and everybody belong to God. Stewardship is the understanding that because God has total ownership of everything, you are to be careful how you handle the resources that God has entrusted into your care. You must be a good manager (steward) of the resources that God has given to you. Being a good steward of your time, talents, and treasure (money) means tithing your time, talent, and treasure.
Tithing is a recognition and appreciation of God as your Source. Jesus, our Wayshower, confirmed the idea of paying tithes with the right motives (Matthew 23:23). Tithe, in its most basic definition, means one-tenth, giving 10% of your time, talents, and treasure. You tithe your time by investing two hours and twenty-five minutes in prayer. You tithe your talents by volunteering in ministry and doing pro bono work. You tithe your treasure by giving cheering, freely and liberally to the local assembly or ministry where you connect with the vision and mission and receive your spiritual feeding.
A screwdriver is a tool, manual or powered, for screwing and unscrewing screws. Just as there are three major types of screwdrivers: flathead, Phillips, and star head, there are major areas of your life that God calls you to tithe: time, talents, and treasure. Through the practice of tithing your time, you unscrew rushing and procrastination and screw in the Kingdom Principle of Divine Timing. As you tithe your talents, you unscrew limitations and screw in new opportunities to grow your gifts, skills, and abilities. When you tithe your treasure, you unscrew lack and screw in increase, abundance, overflow, and more than enough.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.