On my last post I promised that I would explain the story to the best of my capabilities, this story has many aspects to it and may be seen or interpreted in different ways. For those of you are joining in now joining in please check out the previous post which you can find on the bottom of the page. Okay now back to the topic. There was five characters main character names are Ted, Marry, Sepho, Joseph and Christina the wife. Now
Ted is the boss/business man (which is portraying as Jesus Christ).
Christina is Ted’s wife (which is portraying the Church).
Marry, Sepho and Joseph are the employees (which are regular people).
A quick recap Ted told all his employees that they may use their salary to do whatever they want do in one condition that they send 10% to his wife. Each of the employees earned different salary.
Morals or Principle of the story.
- Tithe is simply giving back to God what is His e.g. like paying tax.
- When you give, give with and open heart
- Be faithful
- Blessing comes to those who give and are faithful
- Your true treasure is where your heart is e.g. money, work or relationship
And may other more
The Church (wife)
The wife being the church is not being taken care of. We are not doing our parts as a whole body to fulfill the needs of the church, we all have our reasons including me, it may be you got you have bills you have to take care off and you don’t have enough to tithe, I now for me is that I say I’m a student do I really have to tithe, The list goes on we tend to get caught up with what is going on with Me. We forget about Christina (wife/church) whom we should be taking care off. This week I have been challenged to change my mind set toward Tithe, it not all about that the pastors gets the money, tithe is not there to help God, but it is there for me. Because I need it. Gods promise is Malachi 3: 10- 11 is so beautiful, it states …
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD if Hosts. See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure. “I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your land, and the vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit” says the LORD if Hosts.”
The following story is about a married husband and his wife, and three business men. This story talks about principles and assumptions that we as people have, build in to us when it comes to finances. And how finances is such a big part of our life’s. It can be a window which determines how the dreams and desires we want for ourselves turn out.
There once was a wealthy man named Ted, you can say he was so wealthy he did not know what he could do with all his wealth. Ted owned the worlds leading communication and technology company. He worked hard and enjoyed his work. He had a wife he had to take care off. Because of his work, he was seldomly be around, and he had to take ways to take care of his wife.
So Ted had an amazing idea he called for Three of his employees who worked in varies locations, and there names where Joseph, Marry and Sepho. Ted trusted his employees so much so that he gave them and monthly salary that showed that he valued them. Ted said to this three employees that ” out of the total salary I give you, you can do anything with this salary that your heart desires but just send my wife 10% of that income to my wife at home”.
Now at hearing Teds statement they where all happy and full of joy. Each of the employees earned a different salary. Joseph earned a large sum of $60 000, He had a great life with family and kids at home and everything was okay, he was a happy guy he loved his boss, he was also a very ambitious guy, he had great dreams he wants to still fulfill. Marry was a young women who got her dream job and she was still new to the company. She really admired her boss and honored him, despite being new too to work her boss paid here $40 000. Sepho was a young men he has been working for Ted for a while. He knew the ins and ours of the company he earned $10 000. He was very happy and set in his job he enjoyed it and found his work to be fulfilling.
Marry, Joseph and Sepho had there own bills the had to pay for every month. The mortgage, water and utility bill. And some of them had kids who where in university. And the list goes on. life is always demanding no matter how wealthy you are there is always something you have to pay for. Now as they all began to apply what the boss had said, not all of them followed his instruction.
Joseph earned $60 000 as the months went forward he only sent about 2 or sometimes 5% to his boss wife. He thought to himself why do I have to send money to my Boss wife she is obviously well off knowing how rich my boss is a cent from me wont make much of a difference. Joseph enjoyed the treasures he received and continued living life.
Marry earned $40 000 and she would send $4000 to her bosses wife, that was the whole 10 % and sometimes she would even send more because she was overjoy, that out of all that she got the boss said she have the remaining amount and do whatever she liked with it.
Sepho earned $10 000 and he had to send $1000 a month to the wife, Sepho thought I have so much I need to do with my salary that he told himself that he would pay the remaining money he did not send the following month, a month later the same thing happened and again and again the cycle continued. He would give 6% and other times 8% . It was still not 10% . Sepho felt bad about that.
Now one day months later there Boss Ted was having dinner with his wife(Christina) just enjoying one another’s company. The husband asked his wife “Have you been receiving the gifts I’ve been sending you”. Christina looked at her husband and reluctantly said ” yes I have”. The husband pushed the matter farther and he found out that not all the money he instructed his employees made it to his wife. Ted was devastated and was hurt by his employees whom he had great confidence and trust in.
Ted had to deal with this matter he called in this three employees,Joseph Marry and Sepho. The first thing he did was fire Joseph the reason he gave Joseph”out of all the money I have given you to leave a great life all that I asked was for 10% and you could not do that, you became prideful and to ambitious for your own good, Your assumption and your prejudice led to this, your fired!” Joseph left the office and was saddened with what happened.
Now next Ted called in little Marry, Ted gave her a big smile despite what had happened with Joseph. Ted was so pleased with Marry, because she had been so faithful with what she was given,and even gave more than what she was suppose to have given. Ted gave her a salary increase of $60 000 on that day. She would now earn $100 000. Marry was over joyed and would continue to give all the more from that day on.
The last meeting Ted had was with Sepho. He called Sepho into the office, Sepho was nervous at this time as he was the last to be called in. Ted said to Sepho that he knows that you have not been obedient to my instructions. Ted told him from today on you will earn $5000 a month. That was Teds way of punishing Sepho and teaching him that if you can’t be trusted with the small you won’t be trusted with much.
The True Identity of the story for the story to make sense:
The Business man is Jesus Christ.
The wife is the church
and Sepho, Marry and Joseph is ME & YOU
PART II will explain the story for those who may have missed it, For those of you who got it please share tour thoughts on the comments below?
Inspired by Pastor B Rams
10Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure. 11I will rebuke the devourera for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your land, and the vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,” says the LORD of Hosts.
What is the thing everyone in his or her life has to go through?
There is no escaping it. Its aid to test your capacity as a person.
It strengthens your mind, body and soul, so I have been told.
This little thing is called Exams. Imagine you’re in a hall there before
Your eyes is a chair, a pen & paper on the table waiting for you,
As you sit down there is no turning back.
Reality then kicks in, that one piece of paper
Set before your eyes can make or break you.
At the first glance of the paper you realise,
I can’t do this on my own, so you resort to what many
Often do when our backs are against the wall and that is
Turn to God.
In that moment when it is just you, the paper and God
We tend to make a request “if only God you could do this for
Me I would do that for you” And some of us get that Yes.
But many of us get the Big NO, “the one who did not study”
As I flip through the pages of my life I have seen many times,
Exams have crushed many dreams.
But the One truth that remains about our little friend
Exam, it is a social contract designed to test men’s intellectual
Knowledge acquired for the betterment of all.
In a country far far away lived two young carpenters, they were the best throughout the country side well known for their flawless craft of making the best furniture throughout the kingdom.
But one day the king Pandelani happened to be in the small little town of Kando where there would be celebrating a 100 years of peace in a years’ time. And the king was planning to do something great for his people, he was looking for something so great to symbolize that day, something that would be in-grave in the hearts of his people forever.
Just before the great celebration the king dressed up as a civilian in disguise and went job haunting in searching for a carpenter who had the skill he was looking for in order to build something for his people. So he happened to find two carpenters, their names was Joseph and Nick.
The king then requested the services of this two gentlemen to build him a chair, he planned on testing them, having heard of the great reputation they had around the village from the people. It happens to be that Joseph and Nick had many work to do that week.
Joseph decided to quickly rush through the work and only did things half its quality, all his work was not as great. When the king received his chair was not as happy to see the chair he had, had made.
The king than went to the second carpenter Nick he too was busy with lots of work from the orders his other clients placed. But Nick was elegant and never rushed when he was carpeting. He saw it as more than a job but an art which brought his joy. He told the king that he would have to wait he would be done in three weeks.
So carpenter Nick went to work, when he was done with all his client work got to the King’s request. He spent the whole five days working on the chair day in and day out. To the carpenter it was not just a chair that was just made to sit on, but to also be the most beautiful chair in the room, strong and able to carry heavy weight on it.
After the carpenter was done he called the civilian who was the kind to come collect the chair. When the king arrived he looked at the chair and there came a smile on his face, never had he seen a chair like the carpenter chair.
The king said to Nick `How was it you were able to create such a good chair’ then the carpenter answered and told him that he loves what he does and with each job he gets he takes his time to build the best quality work and enjoying it at same time.
The king than revealed his identity after hearing this and said to young carpenter Nick. I have come here looking for a men who will build me the most beautiful palace in all known kingdom all that you would need is in your hands, but for now you will build my people for the celebration a church in honor of the fallen and so they may rejoice for the living.
The carpenter, Nick was known all over the kingdoms. He was well known for his great carpeting skills and work, some say he was greatest carpenters of the century. Joseph the other carpenter was just as talented and passionate as Nick but great opportunity passed him because he did not put in all his best afford to what he was doing, what is your gift or talent that you good at or your dream your striving to achieve, are you Joseph or Nick? Do we have to change our mind-set and work and sharpen your skills so we can be like Nick one day who through hard work and dedication became the best carpenter.
[parable of the talents Matthew 25:14-30. No matter how small of a gift r talent you may thing you have multiply it and grow it.]