I can still remember when I was fifteen and my first job. I bussed tables at the local Holiday Inn restaurant. It was a pretty decent size hotel and restaurant, popular with the locals. If you asked me what my favorite part of the job was, well that was easy – it was counting my tips when I got home from work.
I can remember sitting on the floor for hours counting all my change. The amount would grow week after week. I would make rows of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. After I made rows, I’d count and then I would count again. Then I would sit back and stare at the rows of coins.
Can I be honest with you? Not one single, solitary second did I ever consider giving any of the money back to God. Not once did I think about how I would give him an offering at church. All I thought about was how pretty all the rows looked against the light gray carpet and how I was looking forward to making more.
I suppose one could argue that I was only fifteen and didn’t know any better. One could say I probably would have thought of it if had I gone to church more or read the Bible more. While all those are true, I know better now and make every effort to give back to God what he has given to me. While it will never match what he has blessed me with, making the effort to give back to God has been an even bigger blessing in my life. I now consider it a joy. I don’t know that at fifteen I would have seen giving over some of my hard earned change over to God.
Malachi 3:3:10 “Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all. 3:11 Then I will stop the plague from ruining your crops,and the vine will not lose its fruit before harvest,” says the Lord who rules over all. 3:12 “All nations will call you happy, for you indeed will live in a delightful land,” says the Lord who rules over all.”
I think I’ll stop with that tonight! What a wonderful word from the Lord.
Thank you Lord for the blessings you have poured out on us. In Jesus name, amen.
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