Give, and it will be given to you: Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will men give unto you. For with the same measure you use, it will be measured unto to you.
— Luke 6:38
Tithing is God’s method of sanctifying and maturing Christians, and making us more like Christ. Since selfishness and covetousness are two of the root problems of humankind, we need to learn how to cut out that taproot and be set free.
Malachi 3 is the only place in the Bible where God says, “Test Me.” Can you believe that? What an incredible condescension. God says to put Him on trial—”Test Me now in this … if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
Those who will trust in the Lord will find that He indeed will “open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing, that there will not be room enough to receive it.” God’s challenge to give is a test of faith that proves whether our god is gold or the true God, because where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.