Tithing and the Parable of "The Invisible Carpool"
"Same place, sir?” A taxi driver greets his favorite customer.
"You got it!” the older gentleman confirms.
Driving down the same narrow path (Matthew 7:13-14), the driver hopes to catch the same glimpse: a beautiful teenage girl who usually drives alongside them around this time. His wish is granted.
"[ whistles ]” The driver, this time, cannot help himself.
"HEY,” his customer reacts, "that’s my daughter you’re cat-calling!”
"Your d... seriously? I'm sorry!”
The older gentleman returns to his newspaper.
"If you don’t mind me asking,” The taxi driver dares, "I see her on this road often! Why doesn’t she give you a ride instead of me (Proverbs 3:9) (Romans 2:4)?”
"Well,” his customer reflects, "she insists it’s out of her way and she catches too many yellow lights (Matthew 6:24).”
"Really? But Point Bee Avenue is 10 blocks of her own direction, with no left turns (Malachi 3:10)!”
Suddenly, sirens overshadow the view of this once admired teenager.
"Aww… no,” the taxi driver sighs, "she’s being pulled over for not wearing her seatbelt.”
"You know what? She might need me.” the gentleman says, "I will get out here (Hebrews 13:5)!”
"You should leave her to handle it alone like she wanted!”
"No. I respect that she’s her own driver. But the car is registered in MY NAME (I Corinthians 10:26).”
Moral: Tithing is from God’s giving hand. HE owns the very blessing that unfortunately changes the priorities of many. To tithe is to realize this, to protect humility, and maintenance gratitude.
Did You Notice:
- Ultimately, the girl (Christians) denied the owner (God) a ride in his own car (blessing)!
- The Father’s resilience to protect us, just like driving, "…is a privilege, not a right.”
- God’s "Point Bee (Point B)” destination represents a completion (from point A to point B) in the "narrow path (Matthew 7:13-14).”
- The visual of "no left turns” hints at all "right (righteous)” turns.
- The police car represents a separate, earthly, authority, only activated by the lack of security.