Test Me in This
Covenant members with Harris Creek commit to give generously of their financial resources, their time, and their passions/giftedness for the local church and as the Church living on mission in the community. Hear from one of our members, Brooklynn Wynveen, about how she was recently challenged in her generosity.
“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.”
— Malachi 3:10 —
Malachi 3:10 states that there is exactly one realm of our lives wherein we are invited, and even encouraged, to TEST the Lord our God. That one realm is stewardship. And throughout my life, I’ve taken God at His word, and have given Him the first fruits of my efforts. And no matter what I’ve faced, God has delivered. I have never had an expense, expected or otherwise, that I haven’t been able to pay. I can’t say that there has always been anything left over afterward, but there has always been enough.
So needless to say, I didn’t expect a sermon series on financial stewardship to speak very loudly to me, but on the last Sunday of the series, God spoke to me. Actually, it was the benediction that caught my attention. Isn’t it intriguing how God can speak to different people in so many different ways through a single service? Landon Collins, Interim Missions Pastor, mentioned how help was still needed in setting up for and tearing down after the Compassion Mobile Experience over the weekend. “Maybe you have some extra time that you could give,” is what he said. In my mind I thought, Well, I don’t have extra time. I don’t have enough time to do all of the things that are on my plate as it is. That thought triggered another. During the sermon, our lead pastor (Brady Herbert) had challenged college students to give, addressing the common ‘moral’ objection that many of them have to giving their parents’ money—money that isn’t technically theirs. But, Brady suggested that the same moral conviction doesn’t come into play when it’s a matter of buying a case of Red Bull, or a coffee, or a sorority t-shirt (#Lawyered). So after hearing Landon’s request for volunteers to give of their time, I reflected for a moment on all of the things that I would make time for: exercise, coffee with a friend, Dancing with the Stars, and on and on.
I heard a still small voice saying, “Test me in this.” And I did. I signed up to help with both the setup and tear down. God rewarded me. I got to meet a great group of people on the Compassion International event staff, and I got to serve in a way that was uniquely suited to my gifts and passions–those opportunities are hard to come by (and even harder when I don’t give it a shot at all). For me, that would have been enough: using my passions and spiritual gifts to serve others. But, now I can also say that I am almost caught up with my other obligations. In fact, I’m probably closer to caught up than I’ve been in months. Granted, I had to skip my workout for a couple of days, and I had to work all weekend (I caught most of the highlights of the Baylor game on instant replay while multitasking). But, as is always the case, God was faithful. He passed the test with flying colors—and was there really any doubt that He would?
So, how about you? When you hear that still small voice, will you listen?