Living Life as God’s Treasured Possession:

Be Generous!

Malachi 3:7-12

“They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession.” Malachi 3:17a

Context:  Malachi had charged Israel with defection from the faith because they had been giving God unworthy sacrifices.  The quality of their gift was lacking.  Now in this portion of Malachi God charges them with not giving the amount He had instructed them to give to the temple and the priests.  Their gifts to the Lord lacked quality and quantity.  They were violating the Old Covenant by their miserly approach to giving. This resulted in God’s discipline and the loss of fellowship with God. Because of his unchanging character, God offered them the opportunity to be in a right relationship with Him by repentance.  If they restored the tithe, they would again experience the blessing of the Lord.

 

Main Idea: As God’s treasured possession choose to be generous to Him.

·            God graciously calls you to humbly confess sin to be in intimate fellowship with Him. Malachi 3:7

 

·            You display your intimate fellowship with God by giving generously to Him. Malachi 3:8-10a

 

·            You are blessed by God when you give generously to Him. Malachi 3:10b-12

 

 

Application:

ü  Have you discovered the joy of giving generously to the work of God?

ü  Have you experienced the blessing of God in your life that comes from giving generously to the Lord?

ü  Is there any sin you need to confess to the Lord so that you might have intimate fellowship with Him?