Malachin3:8-12 (NRSV)

8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing you?” In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10 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. 11 I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:10 (NRSV)

10 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.   

DEVOTION – Liliya Teplyuk (St. Petersburg, Russia)

     I love the Book of Malachi and have underlined many of its verses in my Bible.  They  bring me consolation and sometimes tears.  But I had not often looked at the verses about tithes. After all, that message is not for me, I thought, I give money, time, and energy.

     Today, when our pastor preached about tithing and what it actually means, some people lowered their eyes and looked at the floor.  Others quietly left.  But for me this was a revelation.  In every believer brought their tithe to the house of God along with some yearning and diligence, we could engage in many wonderful ministries.  We could give daily bread to so many people and serve those whom God loves so deeply.  Is this not a great joy?  From now on I always want to be part of this joyful and life-giving work.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will give joyfully to further God’s work.

PRAYER:  Dear, Lord, help us to be faithful in small things and to obey your word so that we may always follow you.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: CHURCH TREASURERS

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