“Bring the whole tenth-part to the storage house
so there might be food in my house.
Please test me in this, says the Lord of heavenly forces.
See whether I do not open all the windows of heavens for you
and empty out a blessing until there is enough.” (Malachi 3:10)
Like the people of Israel, we are called to make sacrifices to God, and to give of our time, talent, and treasure in service to God. Yet often we do not. We are deceived in thinking either that there is not enough, or that God will not provide. So we hold back. We live with a scarcity mentality.
But our Scripture today tells us we need not fear. The challenge is given: “Test me in this.” God has provided you with not only enough, but an abundance. God has provided for you in the past, and will continue to provide. Think of the good that God can do with your gifts, extended with an open hand. You will see that with the giving of the gifts comes a blessing—not necessarily a financial return, but joy in the deep realization that the gifts you have given were first provided for you by God’s grace, and the gifts you release came from an abundance of what you already possessed.
Jesus, may we learn how to open our hands and give freely,
trusting you will give us an abundance as we progress in our discipleship. Amen.