Dare To Be Generous

          It’s hard these days to consider being generous. Everyone’s wallets are tight and times are hard.  I am challenged myself as I ponder Malachi 3:8-12. God declares that His people have been robbing Him yet they do not know how they have done it. God tells them they have robbed Him of their tithes and offerings. They had withheld what was rightfully God’s. I will not go in depth about tithing but I will challenge you in this: Are you still giving? There is a promise here that we must remember in these difficult days. We are not told to stop giving but that God will bless our giving! He is our Provider. He has a way of taking very little and doing miracles with it. Are we living like we believe this to be true?  Think loaves and fish (John 6), the widow’s mite (John 21) and the widow’s oil jar (1 Kings 17) to name a few. Would we rather have that cup of coffee a day, get our nails done, or go out to dinner so we don’t have to cook or would we choose to be generous and see God provide for us? Maybe your “tenth” has changed over these last months. That’s okay.  Just don’t stop giving! Don’t believe that God could not do much with your little. Dare to be generous!

Kathy Withers

Kathy’s on staff at America’s KESWICK in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 27 years.  They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has taught Sunday School and Bible Studies for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

 

One thought on “Dare To Be Generous

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Hi, Kathy!

    This message was very thought provoking and very-much true!

    I once heard a sermon which went something like this:

    You know, folks, our giving is down. Our pledges are down. But this church’s expenses have risen drastically.
    Isn’t it odd…..when I was a kid growing up, having a garage was a real luxury. Now houses are being built with
    three garages and that isn’t even enough. Storage sheds are cropping up EVERYWHERE. So now, folks have two
    and three garages, a storage shed or two – just for their STUFF. and they have NOTHING left to give to G-d???

    That was the crux of the sermon, but I never forgot it. Incidentally, I have one more thing to add, and it’s a
    bit sensitive to say, but it’s true. If we do not tithe ten percent to G-d – which is His to begin with – He WILL come
    for it in one way or another. I have found in my 6 decades on earth, that if we steal from G-d, HE will come for
    what is commanded to be His.

    I found this out the hard way. Some time ago, I became successful and at the same time, became somewhat
    haphazard and sloppy with my tithing. The more I earned, the less I gave. I’m not proud of this, but it is part
    of my testimony. My world came crumbling down. And I mean down. I’ve come to know that we are not
    to keep anything that the L-rd tells us is His (even though everything is !). He asks for so little – we get to keep
    90 percent. What could be more generous than that ?!?

    Thanks for a fine message, Kathy!

    Stephanie Dickinson
    B.S. Min. B.S.B.S., CCLC
    Lancaster, Pa.

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