Malachi 3:9-12 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 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. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.
If you are looking for blessings in the new year, why not try being a blessing first. Generosity brings blessings to the giver. People who get nervous when money is brought up are those who have allowed money to become their curse by withholding it from God’s work. People who get nervous when volunteering and service are brought up are those who have allowed schedules to become their curse by allowing busyness to supersede service in the Kingdom. Our offerings are not just financial. Those who have plenty often like to write a check to cover a problem instead of getting their hands dirty. Those who have little withhold any financial investment in the kingdom and try to serve their way to glory. Funding service is a good thing and providing service is a good thing. If there is a problem with either it is a heart issue. Check your heart as you plan for the new year. Make sure there is nothing you would withhold from God. Generosity of time, talents and treasures bring a wealth of blessings upon the giver. Don’t cheat yourself out of a blessing tomorrow by a selfish or small faith attitude today.
Father, I want Your blessings! Show me what stands in my way of receiving by prompting me to give where You need me to give. I love You! Amen