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AUTHOR: Andrew Raduly
Is it really too much? After her baptism, Luzia made a plan to return her offering as a percentage of her income. She did not want to “forget” to be grateful to God. While living in Brazil, Luzia got a well-paid job, and writing checks for the tithes and offerings became painful. She always understood that tithes don’t belong to us and we return them to God. But she wasn’t so sure about offerings anymore.
Luzia prayed and finally understood that offerings are a way to show God our gratitude for the blessings received, and the only way to reduce the amount was if God reduced her blessings. Looking back, she can see that after returning tithe and giving offerings she always had enough to pay her bills, buy all she needed, and even make trips around the world.
She says the best thing happened when she and her husband moved to the United States. They sold their condo in Brazil and with that money bought a house for cash in the States. Daily she thanks God for this blessing and miracle,because, by her calculations, it should never have been possible.
God doesn’t need our money. He only wants us to learn to trust Him and His plans for our life. Luzia encourages you to try and see God’s generosity!
—Luzia Raleigh is a local elder in the Roanoke, Virginia Seventh-day Adventist Church