The Test of a Loser
Our Billfold – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:6-12
Key Verse: Malachi 3:10
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
My dad was a pastor for over thirty years and he noted that over the years it was always the billfold that was the last to be surrendered to God. Now that I have been pastoring for about that same time, I agree with that statement. Talking about money always makes people either nervous or angry!
Jesus was never afraid of the subject of money. He understood that money is a central part of our lives. He knew that His followers would have to have money to survive. He also understood how easily money could usurp His place in His follower’s lives. So Jesus dealt with the subject of money—plainly and without apology.
Today we will start with the background that all New Testament writers had: The Old Testament prophets. The Old Testament lays the foundation for the teachings of the New Testament. In Malachi we read the basic expectations of God when it comes to money. God’s people were doing a lot of things right, but still not receiving God’s blessings. They questioned the Prophet Malachi. Our scripture for today is part of his response: They had robbed God of His tithe. Ten percent of our income has always been the “foundation” of our relationship with God. Most of us cheerfully give that and more. The 10% is simply our starting point. (Continued)
Father, I want to be generous with you and your kingdom. You have given me everything. I will faithfully give you what you’ve asked for. In Jesus’ name, amen.