Stewardship Life Application

November 2017

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.
Malachi 3:10 NRSV

Many people say tithing is not possible.  There is nothing left after taking care of their expenses.  

People debate whether we are to tithe from our gross or net income.  We argue whether the tithe is New Testament Grace or Old Testament Law.  We question whether Jesus really was concerned about tithing and giving.  Apparently, He is very concerned, speaking more than 2,000 times about possessions and money.  

When I was a child, my parents gave me a quarter to put into the offering plate.  When I got my first real job, they showed me how to figure one-tenth of what I made and on Sunday that went into the offering plate. (And FYI,  it was based on the gross amount!)  At the church we attended, there was a stewardship moment every Sunday that included a testimony about giving.  
Malachi's challenge raises awareness about how we are called to support the ministries of our church.  Does our giving reflect honor, respect and obedience to God?  Does our giving really express our gratitude for all He has provided us? Didn't God give us  life, breath, mind, spirit, all that we possess, including our ability to make and earn money?  Shouldn't we share some of our gifts with God, the Giver of everything? 

Giving is not a financial issue.  It never was, never is and never will be.  Giving is a spiritual matter.  It always was, always is and always will be.