Malachi 3:10. 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.
Take note of this phrase “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house'(God’s house and not Pastor’s house). And remember God’s house is a common house for all His children, both pastors and members.
The early Christians lived a communal life and the church houses this community. The early Christians shared everything they had evenly and no body was left out. There is no rich man and there is no poor man. Happiness among brethren was a communal property and so also is sorrow.
Also the Temple or house of God as is called is a place where everybody is even. The needy feel at ease to come seeking for help from it. And they are always assisted. So to say the house of God which in the modern tongue is called churches, is a place people come not only to pray but also to assist others and be assisted when the need arises. And the commonest of these assistance is in the form of material things and food stuffs.
So, the house of God is a storehouse of food and material things for those in need of it. It is not just a place to pray, but also a place of happiness and communal living where who has gives and who has not gets.
If that’s the case, I think that was the sole reason why God commanded us to bring our tithes and offerings to his store house so that it may never lack and that those that come to it seeking for help will never go empty handed. Because He is a God of abundance and His house should not lack that with which to attend to His visitors. God can perfectly fill his house with riches even without our assistance but won’t it be wise for us to do the work of filling His house for Him. So that He will continue to fill our purses while we continue to fill His house.
Remember the reason why God asked us to fill His house with riches is because he wants all those in need to be taken care of, but if you think that those incharge of this Houses are not faithful to that course, you can go on your own way and help the needy. The idea is to erase poverty and hopeless among God’s people and either you do it through the church or as an individual, but as long as you are true to the course, you are blessed.
The storehouse of God is not only for pastors, priests or clergy men, it is a common purse of God to His people, everybody in need should be able to access it.
You should give to your pastors and clergy men to encourage them and appreciate God for the gift of them to humanity, but “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former”(Mathew 23:23).
The wellbeing of your neighbors and so called enemy is your responsibilities, don’t just give to your pastors and clergy men and neglect your duty in making this world a better place void of malnutrition and hunger.
My conclusion is DON’T NEGLECT YOUR PASTOR AND DON’T NEGLECT YOUR NEIGHBORS NOT EVEN YOUR ENEMIES NOR STRANGERS IN NEED.
GIVE TO YOUR PASTOR AND PRIESTS BUT GIVE MORE TO THAT STRANGE MAN OR WOMAN THAT HAS NOTHING TO EAT, DRINK OR WHERE TO SLEEP.