“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.” But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings.” – Malachi 3:8
Imagine a dark scene for a moment. After collecting the offerings, the ushers at your church are taking the money into the office when a man sticks a gun in their faces and steals the money. How would you react to something like this? I know how you’d respond; you would be absolutely appalled! You’d be outraged! “How could anyone rob God and rob the church like that?”
Here is the terrible truth to this story. The fact is that some us reading this do rob God every single week! Now you don’t pull a gun or steal the church funds. But you rob God just as certainly as if you hacked in to the church’s treasury and transferred the funds to your account.
You might ask, how can I say that about you? These are not my words. These are God’s Words. If we do not bring our tithes (10% of our income) and offerings to the Lord, then we’re robbing God. It is as simple as that.
God’s law about tithing is just as clear as man’s laws about stealing. You might never even think about breaking man’s laws on stealing; shouldn’t you show the same respect for God’s laws? There’s good news from God when we do: “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 you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:10.
I want us to realize that some of us have shut off the blessing of God in your life by robbing God.
The purpose of the tithe is to support God’s work, but the primary purpose for the tithe is to put God first in our lives.
It’s amazing to me that people who trust God for their salvation, their eternity in heaven, won’t trust God with their finances. What’s the logic in that? If we can trust God for our eternal destiny, don’t you think we can trust God with our careers, our finances, and our giving? It means surrendering our life to him.