Malachi 3:10 “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test 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 a blessing until it overflows.’”
Have you ever been trying to put something in a bucket and realize you need a bigger bucket? I remember when I was growing up we would go out to my Grandma Carter’s farm and pick vegetables. She would always plant a huge garden with black-eyed peas, butterbeans, squash, okra and a few other items. I will never forget trying to get the little stool before my siblings did so I could sit and pick.
We would be told what to pick and where and then be given a bucket. Before long, the bucket would be full and overflowing with the bounty of the garden. So, we would have to carry our small, full bucket to the end of the row and dump it in a bushel basket. I often wished I had had a bigger bucket so I could make fewer trips to the end of the row. But then I would have not been able to drag that big bucket very far.
In the same way, when God blesses us with His bounty, He doesn’t expect us to keep it all to ourselves. We need to go the “end of the row” and pour it out for others. God promises us blessings beyond what we can hold if we are faithful to Him. But He wants us to share those blessings with all those around us.
Our children can learn this lesson ONLY by watching us do this. They will model our behavior a lot quicker than follow our words. Find a way to get them involved with giving to others out of their blessings. They will grow up to teach their children the same thing.
Perhaps you know someone who could benefit from your blessings. Maybe you have just what they need right now. It might cost you something you really want to hold on to. But God promises to bless you as you are faithful.