4 | The Floodgates of Heaven
Today it's all about giving! Katrina challenges us all on sharing our blessings with others:
"This Christmas series is not just about the way that God blesses us but the way He and we can bless others." Love, MP team xx
"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 there will not be room enough to store it." - Malachi 3:10, NIV
This Christmas series is not just about the way that God blesses us but the way that He and we can bless others.
It is so easy to overindulge at Christmas, and whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying those blessings, every year it highlights to me the people who do not have the same.
In these verses lies a challenge that I think is particularly poignant around Christmas time – how are we giving and sharing our blessings with others?
God says ‘bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house’. For us, this could mean literally contributing food to our local foodbank, volunteering to cook at a homeless shelter or buying someone in need something to eat. Alternatively, our tithe this Christmas could be our time, our money, our skills, our love, our patience or our ministry, brought into God’s house where we get our spiritual food.
The one thing we cannot dispute here is that God asks us to give in full to him, to sacrifice the first fruits or the best of our wealth (Proverbs 3:9). Our lack of faith is openly exposed as God says ‘test me in this’. God asks us to trust him, to give to his kingdom as we should and see the incredible blessing he will give in return.
It is also a challenge to our priorities. If life is our priority, I am sure we would spare no expense to provide vital medical treatment to preserve the life of someone we love. But what about seeing lost people receive eternal life through Jesus? What are we willing to spend on resourcing this and seeking first His Kingdom? (Matthew 6:33).
In Luke 16:10-11, Jesus says: ‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?’
No matter what your earn or what your current circumstances, I am convinced that you have something to give. God uses his people to bless others in a time of need so this Christmas, I challenge you to give wildly, to share your blessings freely and to sacrifice your comfort.
But the best bit? In response, God promises to:
‘throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing there will not be room to store it’
The other best bit? We know this is a promise we can fully trust for eternity.
‘My aim was never how much I could obtain, but how much I could give’
- George Müller
Katrina is our Partnerships Manager, working to establish and maintain mutually supportive relationships with other organisations and churches on behalf of More Precious. A recent Durham University graduate, Katrina is now based in London and works in student sport. Katrina loves More Precious because the content opens doors to necessary and real conversations about the joys and struggles of faith. She is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God.