The Sunday tithes and offerings had been counted and deposited.
Sadly, the amount received was not near enough to meet the upcoming obligations. The pastor was sitting alone in his office on Monday night, pondering what to do.
Everyone was gone, and he had forgotten to lock the doors. Suddenly, a burglar appeared,
“One move and you’re dead. I’m looking for your money.” The pastor replied,
“Hang on; let me get a light, and I’ll help you!”1
“Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse” (Malachi 3:19).
“To withhold that which ought to belong to the Lord never leads to a man’s material enrichment; but to practice Matthew 6:33,
‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness,’
is to experience the faithfulness of God, Who never has broken His promise.
‘My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory’ (Philippians 4:19).
Here is a principle from which there is no exception. This will always be a reason for the poverty of the child of God, if we have failed to obey the Master and live up to the hilt of His Word” (Alan Redpath).2
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- Christian Clippings, P. O. Box 3867, Holiday, FL, 34692, August 2007, p. 31
- Adult Teacher Supplement,First Annual Volume, Third Quarter, Companion Volume to the Adult Teacher 1965, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Copyright 1964, p. 58