THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
MONEY FOR MISSION
December 23, 2017
Today’s reading: Malachi 3:1-24
Greatness in Christ is about who we are and what we are called
to do. For the latter, it is basically about doing the work
of evangelization and mission, the commission by Jesus for
His people to make disciples of all the nations. This is such
divine work, helping bring people to salvation. But this work
is dependent on the mundane reality of having money for mission.
prophet Malachi tells God’s people what they need to
do in the whole area of money and what they miss out on if
they do not act accordingly. He accuses God’s people
of robbing Him “of tithes and contributions!”
(v.8c). When they do this, then they “are indeed accursed”
(v.9a). Rather than being blessed, they are accursed! Accursed
for robbing God rather than giving Him what is His due. How
can an accursed people aspire to greatness?
God tells His people what they need to do. “Bring the
whole tithe into the storehouse” (v.10a). For what purpose?
“That there may be food in my house.” (v.10b).
That the people of God may feed and provide nourishment to
others, with spiritual and material food.
God issues a challenge. “Put me to the test, says the
Lord of hosts, and see if I do not open the floodgates of
heaven for you, and pour down upon you blessing without measure!”
(v.10c). A flood of blessings! Blessing without measure! Now
that is about greatness. God’s people will be blessed
materially. “I will rebuke the locust for you so that
it will not destroy your crops, and the vine in the field
will not be barren, says the Lord of hosts.” (v.11).
They will also be blessed in their spiritual work, in being
witnesses to the nations. “All the nations will call
you blessed, for you will be a delightful land, says the Lord
of hosts.” (v.12).
promises to His people do not change. “For I, the Lord,
do not change” (v.6a). God still tells His people the
same thing today. “Return to me, that I may return to
you” (v.7b). We give back to God (what is actually His)
and we receive so much more in return.
for greatness? Give your contributions to God first.