Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Daily Devotion: The Treasurer’s Report

Bible Reading: Malachi 3:1-12 

Key Verse: Verse 8“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”

Key Words: Will a man rob God

The Word of God tells us of the importance of giving. For example, we are told in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Again in Malachi 3:10 we read, “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.”

We are also told in Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This principle of sowing and reaping also applies to our giving.

I read an interesting story some time back. It went like this: “The treasurer of a rural church resigned and was replaced by a man who managed the local grain elevator. The grain operator agreed to the new position on one condition: the church could not require a financial statement or ask him any questions about the finances for one year. The church members were confused by the request but obliged him because he was a successful and trustworthy man. At the end of the year, the secretive treasurer gave a glowing financial report. The $25,000 debt had been paid off; there were no outstanding bills; and there was a cash balance of $12,000. The congregation was elated and wanted to know how he managed to accomplish such a feat.

He replied, ‘Most of you bring your grain to my elevator. When I paid you, I simply withheld 10% on your behalf, and I gave it to God through our church in your name. You never missed it, and now you have seen what God can do when we all give back to God what He has commanded us to.’”

We would all be amazed what could be accomplished for God’s glory if every member of a local church would be a giver. I hope you are a giver, for indeed, it is more blessed to give than to receive.

What to do:
    Make sure God is first in your finances.
    Prove God (verse 10).
    Always remember: to the mature believer, it really is more blessed to give than to receive.

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