Summary: Bring ye all the tithes
Malachi 3: 6 - 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Workers earn it, Spendthrifts burn it, Bankers lend it, Shoppers spend it, Forgers fake it, Taxes take it, Dying leave it, Heirs receive it, The Thrifty save it, Misers crave it, Rich increase it, Robbers seize it. Gamblers lose it, I could use it.
1. THE PLAN...Bring. “Bring,” not “send.” The wise men did not send their gifts, they brought them. 2. THE PEOPLE...Ye “ye” means all the people of God 3. THE PORTION...the tithes. The word “tithe” means “tenth.” “Tithing is not the ceiling of Christian giving; it’s the floor. It’s not the finish line; it’s the starting blocks.” 4. THE PLACE...“The storehouse.” God’s storehouse in the Old Testament was the Tabernacle and the Temple. God’s storehouse in the New Testament are His churches.
5. THE PURPOSE there may be meat in mine house Tithing is God’s method for funding & furthering His work 6. THE PROPOSITION...“Prove me…” God is a debtor to no man. The more we give to Him, the more He gives to us. 2 Timothy 1:12 for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 7. THE PROVISION & THE PROMISE...“Open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” God’s promised blessings have two qualifiers. (a) God’s blessings take time. God will supply your need, but the bountiful harvest takes time to grow. (b) Not all God’s blessings are material. Mary Crowley, who founded Home Interiors, Inc., She wore around her neck two small gold shovels. One was larger than the other. “The little shovel is mine. I can shovel it out. The big one is God’s. He shovels it in ten times faster.”
Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.