In our key verse this week, God challenges His people. “‘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).
This is not the only time we see this promise of overflowing life. Jesus makes this promise in the Gospel of Luke, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (6:38).
Jesus also promises in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). In these promises we see how we can live full and abundant lives through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In setting all free from the power of sin and death, Jesus taught His followers, and therefore us, how abundantly He wants us to live. He wants us to find blessings “pressed down, shaken together.” Jesus’ desires kept with the will of God the Father in the Old Testament when God promised to “pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” It is clear that God desires to give us an overflowing life.
This overflowing life does not come without responsibility. We read in Malachi we are required to “bring the whole tithe,” in Luke we are required to “give,” and in John we are required to resist the thief who “comes to steal and kill and destroy.” The lesson is clear: the closer we stay to the Holy Spirit, the more we discover the blessings of living life “to the full.”