“Later in Malachi, we get an incredible promise from God: “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'” (Mal 3:10).
This is the only place in the Bible where God INVITES His people to test Him, to try to out-give Him. He knows it is impossible, that no one can out-give the One from whom all things come. ”
“If you really want to experience God’s supernatural provision, then do as He says. Test Him. Give more than you ca manage, and see how He responds.” Francis Chan in Crazy Love
There’s a blog I follow. I’ve subscribed. I read the posts on her blog, and then I read them again when they drop into my inbox. Sometimes I just go back to some older posts when I need a good laugh while being kicked in the butt or when I just need kicked in the butt. The only problem I have with the blog is that I wish it had a new post every morning when I woke up to get my day going.
I go through the whole blog-reading process first thing in the morning. I start off sort of serious with a little Donald Miller. (Still waiting for him to write me that letter so I can marry him.) Then I head over and read Jon Acuff’s blog to make fun of myself and some of the crazy things we Christians do and think and say. This is all before I get to work. No wonder I’m a little late every day. After work I get a little bit more technical. I’m reading these blogs because I want to learn how to do this better. I want you to have a pleasurable reading experience every time you visit. I’m working on it. I’m even learning html and CSS and SEO optimization, etc., just for you. You’d better be happy.
There’s a few more that I read just about every day. Weekends I kind of slack off a little. I’m not in front of my computer as much. I do have a life, you know.
I’ve got friends who are currently missionaries back in the States for a few years from their “Missionary home” in southeast Asia. I’ve had a friend who worked for a few years on staff with Campus Crusade. The only thing that any of these people disliked about their calling, and it is most definitely a calling, was that they had to raise support in order to be able to live wherever it is/was that they were living. But they believe in what they’re doing and believe it’s where God has called them to go. I believe them, too.
This blog that I follow, I’m just going to tell you that I have no idea who this lady and her family are. I honestly don’t know what they do down in Costa Rica. In this post that I’m talking about she invites your inquiries into the work that they do, and she also asks for help.
I don’t know her, but you can read her heart. You can see the compassion in the words that she writes through the humor. Whether or not I know what she’s doing down in Costa Rica, I know what her words are doing in my heart and my life. I just want to make sure you don’t miss your chance to start reading this blog. Whether or not you give is totally up to you. It’s your decision. If you feel you want to, go here.
“Test Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts.”
Find something you believe in. Give it everything you’ve got. Keep changing the world.