"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.(Malachi 3:10)
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)
Do you mean to say that if I give to God and pay my tithes, He will bless me in return?"
Does God really bless those who give? These two verses are the primary scriptures some use to prove that God will give to us if we give to Him. In fact scripture as a whole teaches just the opposite. We do not give to receive. Instead, we recieve so we can give.
Before you go any further, read the following statements. Discuss with your class members whether they agree or disagree.
- The most giving people seem to be those who are the most thankful. Whether they are rich or poor doesn't seem to matter. Thankful people just seem to naturally see God's blessings in every situation.
- When God blesses us, He expects us to be a blessing to others.
- Morality doesn't matter. If you give to God, He has promised to bless you back.
- Sometimes God blesses us in ways others do not see.
- God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others.
- It is easy to identify who God has blessed and who He has not.
There are two ways to handle God's blessings. We can stock pile His blessings or we can pass them on to others. Luke 12:15-21 tells us what will happen if we choose the former. What does God have in store those who choose to pass their blessings along?