April 3-Fortunate

April 3-Fortunate

April 3: Fortunate

 

Scripture Lesson: Malachi 3:10-12

 

On this date in 1966, University of Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver signed with the Mets for a reported bonus of $50,000. Seaver had originally signed by the Richmond Braves, an Atlanta affiliate, but the signing violated Major League Baseball rules and the Braves were prohibited from signing Seaver for three years. Three teams, the Indians, Phillies, and Mets, were willing to at least match the $40,000 bonus paid by the Braves. The Mets were the fortunate ones, winning the right to sign Seaver when their name was drawn out of a hat. Seaver went on to a Hall of Fame career.

 

The prophet Malachi told the people of Israel that they would be blessed beyond belief if they tithed. The floodgates of heaven would be opened and there would not be room for all the blessings to come, Malachi said, so the whole world would see just how fortunate the people were. Tithing is more than giving 10 percent of our income to God. It is giving our time, talents, and our very selves to Him. If we truly want to see the blessings of God, we will be giving at least 10 percent of our time, talent, selves, and our money to Him. God even says “Try me and see what happens.” We are fortunate when we obey God and give back to Him what is His in our tithe.

  1. How is tithing testing God?

  2. Is God getting what He deserves from us?

  3. How much do we want or deserve God’s blessings?

The Mets were very fortunate when they signed Tom Seaver and they were blessed by his career as a Met. We are blessed and fortunate when we give to God what he commands us to do. Test Him today.

 

 

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