Now What Was That Rule?
Scripture: Malachi 3:8-21
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 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. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty. Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/198062?episode=1 (From 4:12 to 14:54)
Utilizing the passage above, the video, and today’s sermon, consider the following questions:
- From the Malachi passage and your life experience, why do you think that setting a clear, significant giving goal is a spiritual responsibility?
- God indicates that blessings come upon those who are generous. Though we can not say that there is a “quid pro quo” or a magic system, how have you seen this principle lived out in life? What quality of life have you seen in those whom you know that hoard and those who give generously?
- In the video, the young family struggled with starting to tithe because they could not make the budget work itself out. Then they heard Dave Ramsey say, “You have your budget upside down.” In other words, make giving to God the highest priority of the budget, then the other parts will begin to work out in time. What has been your experience with that principle?
- Randy Alcorn says in the video that it is not necessary to renounce our treasure, but much better to “relocate it” or send it ahead. Wealth of this age can be used for eternal purposes. In what places have you been able to invest money where neither “moths nor rust consumes?”
- King Tut and Borden of Yale lived very different lives. One kept a hoard of treasure to take to the afterlife, one gave everything away and inspired a generation of missionaries. Who had the most after they were dead? Who actually invested in what was eternal?
- What of your possessions will still exist in 150 years?
- If you have been giving to the church budget, how does it make you feel when you recognize that you are contributing to a piece of what God is doing?