Malachi 3:10 has one of the most exciting and thrilling verses in the Bible when it comes to how we worship God with our wealth. The prophet writes,
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
This isn’t just a prompt for us to give a portion of our income — our “crop” — back to God for his use, but it is a dare! A dare from the Lord, who says, “Hey, if you don’t hold back, if you give a FULL tithe freely and willingly, you’re going to see something amazing. Try me out on this, and I am going to turn around and flood blessings on you like crazy.”
These aren’t just flowery, empty words; they are a promise from the Lord God Almighty, and Christians even today who have taken God up on this “tithe test” discover that He is indeed faithful in returning that offering back to the people in spades. It may not be a monetary return, but often it is so much more — and more meaningful. A good Father loves to bless his children, especially when his children show that they are grateful of what he gives them.
At the end of August, Knox Church will be wrapping up our “Save Our Ceiling” campaign. We began this back in May primarily because the church’s ceilings were in dire need of repair and the church budget was not enough to handle it. God’s people at this church heard the call to bring the tithe to the storehouse, and they responded greatly. As I write this, over $22,000 has been donated toward this cause — enough to repair the roof so that no more damage is done to this house of worship. Hallelujah, God is good!
That’s not the end of our needs at this church, of course. Session listed a few “stretch goals” for the campaign to help address some other much-needed repairs around the building. If we are able to raise $2,000 more by the end of August, we can fix the pump in the boiler. If we can raise $2,000 past that — $4,000 total between now and the end of August — we will be able to repair the ceilings in the Christian Ed wing. Neither of those are super-exciting to behold, but they are important and they do need addressing.
So here’s the question: Dare we fill up the storehouse of God even more to see what blessing he might bestow back on us?
Pray and consider this. Ask God what he is leading you to do, and if that’s to contribute more, then know that it will not be an empty or wasted donation. It will be used to fix up this building which is used to proclaim the gospel of Jesus in this community, including to the kids who are ministered to on a weekly basis.
I’m very excited to see how these final weeks play out. God is good, all the time — and all the time, God is good.