Tithing is ten percent of your increase. Increase is the left-overs after you have taken care of your needs and wants. Everyone’s needs and wants different, based on where their treasure is, on earth or in heaven. Therefore, where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Poverty is defined by your treasure.
Treasures in the Earth: Although it is a big pill to swallow, all of our time is occupied in the the earth. We have justified this as OK because we know nothing different. So, in our ignorance, we have sought the treasures of the earth, but justified it as a “necessary evil.” Satan would have us think this way, so that he can use gold and silver, and false priests who oppress, to keep us in bondage.
All of us can relate to this. If we paid on our increase, and our increase was what is left over after our needs and wants, our wants alone would wipe out our leftovers! We would have very little increase, according to that definition. So we make the argument that we should pay on our gross-income, not our net-income, and certainly not after our wants!
The difference between tithing on our gross-income versus net-income, aims directly at the Lord’s definition of “increase.” Both are wrong. Tithing on gross-income takes ten percent before covering a persons needs and wants. Tithing on net-income takes ten percent after our needs, but before covering a persons wants. The Lord defines increase as what remains AFTER our needs and wants. You might be left wondering, “If we did tithes that way, there would be nothing left in the storehouse!” And that is the real condition of our hearts.
Many were called, but only a few were chosen, because their hearts were set so much on the things of the world, and aspired to the honors of men (treasures in the earth). That’s Lord’s opinion on the condition of our hearts. And the heart is the matter of the all the problems. Our hearts are weakened by our failure to occupy our minds with the heavens. In this condition, our treasures define what “poor” is, …and, in this condition, we value giving the poor our money, presents, and things of the earth. We don’t care to “know them, as we are known.” We foolishly think that since we cannot solve the financial poverty (true enough), at least we can do our part (our lies of justification). And we give hand-outs that offer temporary relief, at best, but nothing long term at all (relationships). Poverty swarms these earth-centric communities, like flies on crap.
Treasures in the Heavens: The treasures in the heavens also serve to define poverty. However, this model is one of abundance. When our minds are occupied with the heavens, the darkness of the earth become more and more evident, and unappealing. Accumulating darkness, while sacrificing the greater light in the heavens, become absolutely sickening, …once you know the heavens. A person who’s eye is single to the glory of God, is filled with light.
When a person is filled with light, darkness is disgusting. Therefore their needs and wants in the world become so little, that they are reduced to “…and my father dwelt in a tent.” I’m not suggesting we dwell in a tent. I’m addressing the idea that knowing the heavens generates a mindset of temporary, when it comes to the things of the earth. The star wars Jedi’s accurately convey a temporary condition, living in the desert (Obi Wan Kenobi), or in swamp lands (Yoda), as evidence of valuing “the force” over the earth.
Among the heaven minded people, needs and wants are minimal, producing greater excesses of the things of the earth. Their excess is more than enough to care for the physical needs of all the poor among them. But, since their treasure is in the heavens, covering physical needs alone is insufficient. Their conversations are filled with teaching the heavens, talking about the light, and breaking through the veil. This is not taking a person out of the slums. This is the process of taking the slums out of the person by teaching the heavens, and letting the person take themselves out of the slums.
Conclusion: If Zion is to be one heart and one mind, we have our work cut out for us, shifting our paradigms, our theories, or governing principles, from what the world has constantly repeated, to what the Lord knows and has been trying to teach from the time of Adam. We have enough in the words of Christ. When our treasures are the heavens, only then we can lay hold upon the powers of heaven. The rights of the priesthood is inseparably connected with the powers of heaven. Only the heaven-centered people can belong in Zion.
All else will, and must fail. Treasures of the earth only have value to those who choose to remain veiled in the earth. That is why their hearts are set so much upon the things of the earth, and they aspire to the honors of men, because they have not developed the skill to see the heavens. Those centered on the treasures of the earth will always be surrounded by poor.
Seek the words of Christ, not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from Him. He speaks across a gulf of ignorance, but He offers a bridge to cross over that gulf, for those who will hear his voice. The bridge is the words of Christ. He is trying to remove the veil from our minds, revealing the heavens, so that the earthly things have zero value to us, because our entire focus is to return to partake of the glory of God. This kind of people have very little needs and wants, tons of excess and abundance, and …NO POOR AMONG THEM!
E Malama Pono