The Test of a Loser
Our Billfold – Part 2
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.
As we continue from yesterday, I want to address those who believe that 10% giving is only Old Testament thinking. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus addresses this issue while dealing with the Pharisees’ lack of justice, mercy and faithfulness. Jesus proclaimed to them that these qualities were more important than the tithe, which they faithfully gave. However, Jesus said clearly: You should practice the tithing as you practice the qualities of justice, mercy, and faithfulness.
My question to you is: How many times does Jesus need to say something before it’s true for you? For me, I only need to hear it once and I’m in! If Jesus told these Pharisees that they should practice tithing, then I am going to practice tithing. If God told His people in Malachi’s day that he would “open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that we will not have room enough for it,” then I’m all in!
Malachi, under the inspiration of God Himself, wrote that the people were “under a curse” (vs. 9). Why were they under that curse? Because they were robbing God. I guess that makes sense. Why would anyone rob God? Good question. Are you robbing God? This is the only time God said: “Test me.” God means business. If you give your tithe faithfully, God will pour out a great blessing on you.
Father, I feel very blessed. I am grateful that you have been true to your word. You keep blessing my faithfulness in giving the tithe! In Jesus’ name, amen.