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Blessings from Heaven (3 of 4)
Series: Rekindling the Fires of Faith
A little girl was given two dollars by her father. He told her that she could do anything she wanted with one and that the other was to be given to God on Sunday at church. The girl gladly accepted the money and asked if she could go to the candy store. She couldn't wait to get to the store and so she ran off to spend her money on all that candy. (You used to be able to actually buy some candy for a dollar.)
As she made her way to the store she tripped and fell and the wind blew one of the dollars she was holding into a storm drain. Picking herself up, the little girl looked at the dollar that was still in her hands and then at the storm drain and said, "well Lord, there goes your dollar."
Sadly, many of us as Christians have the same attitude toward giving. First me, then God. That attitude about stewardship was active in Malachi's day. They had a "me first, then God" attitude. Their income was used for other purposes and what belonged to God was as good as in the storm drain.
Malachi 3:6-12 records that Israel had forfeited God's blessings by failing to bring their tithes and offerings to the Temple treasury. The prophet Malachi challenged them to resume tithing. He promised them that if they would do so, God would open the windows of heaven and pour out His blessings upon them. Here in this text is a great stewardship challenge and promise given to us by God. Let's discover what this text has to say concerning our stewardship.
This text does address the subject of giving yet stewardship is so much more than simply giving or tithing. The Bible says that we are stewards. That is, we have been given our lives, and everything that we have. All of our Time, Talents, and Treasures are "Gifts" from God. The Bible says that we are to be faithful and trustworthy as God's stewards (1 Cor. 4:2). This involves faithfulness in using all of life's gifts and resour ...
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