Right now, Gavin, my 3 year old boy, is of an age where we must think ahead. When we buy pants, we make sure we buy them with “room to grow” in them. Meaning, if we buy them for what currently fits, then he will outgrow them shortly and we will be back at the store buying him bigger pants.
For some reason, as we grow older, we forget this childhood adage. We do everything exactly as we currently need it. We leave time in our day for just the basic things. We slice our finances to a penny so we can save for that thing we have always wanted. We call it being good managers of our time and finances.
On a spiritual level, we may read our Bibles daily but just whatever is required. Maybe we have committed to a chapter a day or we are following a yearlong Bible reading program and we read our portion for that day and call it quits. Maybe we pray every day but we go through our routine and 15 minutes later we’re back to our schedule of what needs to get done.
In our finances, we know to the penny what we’re giving to God that month and never respond to the urges from God to give a little more. We have set our financial goals so that every extra penny is going to pay off the car or saving for that dream house.
What ever happened to allowing for room to grow? In our spiritual walks, this means when you get done reading your “allotted” verses, you keep reading. You allow the Word to saturate your mind and your life. When you get done with your set prayer time, you keep praying, keep seeking God, you keep following after Him. In your finances it means listening to that nudge from God to give a little extra, to contribute more on a monthly basis or support the vision of the church.
Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams.” Try God. Make some room to grow.