Saturday, April 5, 2014

Testing Your Heart

"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 blessings that there will not be room enough to store it."   Malachi 3:10

 I was reading through my Duck Commander devotional and Al Robertson decided to use and meditate on this verse. Al talked about how he used to preach this. I grew up going to church and I have heard SO many sermons on tithing. How I should tithe to the church, or whoever was 'feeding' me. How I'm planting seeds in faith. On the other hand, I was raised my parents, who always said it was the Lord's money. Sometimes the tithing/offering money went to who they were led to give it to. Sometimes it was the church. Sometimes other ministries or missionaries. Sometimes to a friend who needs financial help. 

But I love how Al describes what this verse is God is saying 'Try to out give me! Think that giving all that you have in the world will leave with nothing? Try me. I will bless you with everything you gave and more!' 

All too often today, we as Christians lose where our focus should be. We get caught up in language, people's lifestyles, or church politics. This is not what we were made for! We were made to give.

Giving isn't just about money. Though if you listen to some churches preach about it, that's where their focus is and that's wrong. We are to give all of ourselves. Time. Love. Talent. Friendship. Whatever you have, give it with a thankful heart. If you do this, you will notice an awesome and radical change in your life!!

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