Malachi 3:10 is truth.
"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."
The Church need to take the Lord seriously.
Our tithe is not an option.
If we call ourselves "Christians," we must be obedient.
Yes, writing that check can be painful.
Especially if you don't have milk in the fridge.
Or cash for the new exhaust pipe.
Or the means to join all your friends at that restaurant down the street.
Though we've been raised to tithe
and seen our parents give their portion each Sunday,
we now have first hand experience with our great God's faithful provision.
Many times over, in fact.
Months where no money was entering our account,
but there was still enough to pay our bills.
It could only be compared to Jesus feeding the five thousand.
There were only 5 loaves of bread.
And 2 fish.
But all ate until they were satisfied.
Just as Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34 he cares much more for us--
his children created in his image--
than the birds of the air or the flowers of the fields.
If they are cared and provided for, how much more will we be taken care of?
This, while a bit more in depth, was the testimony I shared this morning.
During Pastor Dale's call to tithe, I had a thought I could not ignore.
I used the impromtu moment, with Pastor Dale invited,
and challenged our people to give.
Even when it's scary.
When it hurts.
For God will always provide--
and many times He will give us even more than we could dream.