“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
I see all of the Step Up movies. I love the dancing. How do they do what they do? I can’t do it! I went with my teammates last summer. I said, “We’re going,” and the guys made fun of me. “I cannot believe you watch that!” “The acting is terrible!” And I told them, “Yeah, the acting is terrible. But that’s not why I’m going! Have you seen the creativity of those kids? Have you seen what they do?” I had an epiphany when I got back to my hotel room. Dance is a big deal in Spokane. What if we merged our social justice ministry into the dance scene?
I’ve got a baseball team doing Something to Eat projects, and we lead other citywide efforts. Why not the dance scene? How can we connect to the creativity of dancers and channel it to help people in need? We could host a dance recital and use the event to raise funds for Something to Eat. Or here’s an idea: a lot of the homeless kids out on the street can dance. They’ve got skills and abilities. Why not bring them in? Let them show off what they can do, and maybe teach a few moves to wannabes like me. I’ve got ideas just flowing for when I get home. We have to get into the arts.
Helping someone out is preserving peace. Here is what Jesus is probably saying to you. “Hey, if you see people that don’t have something, don’t say, “Ahhh, you know, come back tomorrow.” Or, “Ahhh, you know what, maybe when I have a little bit more I’ll give.” Don’t say that. Don’t make excuses for not helping people out. Help somebody out! Don’t be afraid that you haven’t got enough to spare. Help somebody out, and see the prosperity that comes from that.
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38
God’s not going to give you money, skills, or resources and then make you feel bad about it. He doesn’t give you blessings just to make you feel guilty. That doesn’t make sense. It’s not how He works. The Bible says that with the blessings of the Kingdom of God, there is joy. I truly believe that. But if you become selfish, your life will be miserable. You will not have joy.
Try it. Test Him. See what it says in Malachi. God says, “Test me with your tithes and offerings, and your storehouse will be overflowing in prosperity. Test me in it! You’re robbing me by not giving me this stuff. Test me in it. Give it back and see if I will not overflow you with blessings.”
See you Wednesday.