We consider Malachi 3:8-10 in light of the eight commandment in the morning service. Since we are also celebrating the Lord’s Supper we may take a moment to consider the significance of ‘stealing’ and ‘giving’ in regards to the suffering, sacrifice and death of Christ.
We have fallen in Adam and therefore, by nature, try to take what is not ours. (Genesis 3:1-6) We jealously guard our possessions and even seek to have the world and all its riches, because we, like the thief of old want to steal (John 10:10) But God, in His sovereign mercy, has rescued us from our sins by giving us salvation and eternal life. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8)
The Lord’s Supper, then, is a reminder of God’s gift and is an encouragement for us to give to one another within the body of Christ. The body can only live if all of its members edify one another. The life of the church, then, is that of giving and sacrificing. Consider, then, how you may contribute to the congregation by what Christ has given you (Ephesians 4:11-16)
And do not forget the world, who has not yet received this gift. Pray for your non-Christian neighbours and friends that God may open their eyes to receive the message of salvation in faith.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17