Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you ask, ’How do we rob You?’ In tithes and offerings (contributions).“Malachi 3:8
A believer of Christ is a doer of the word. Matthew 22:37 says we are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”. We trust in the Lord, we trust in His word, we trust God’s servants are here to feed us wisdom. We ask for prayers, we pray for our personal situation but when it’s time to tithe or offer, we don’t really trust God with our money. When it boils down to it, that’s what we’re saying when we don’t contribute to our Father’s house. “We don’t trust God with our money”. Surely the Omnipresent I AM knows our financial situation and knows when we don’t have as much as we think we need, but yet He still tests our hearts.
“The giver is more blessed than the receiver” (Acts 20:35). When we give what we think we don’t have, we show trust and reliance in the Lord. I’m not
saying run out and let scoundrels and crooks sell you the word of God, I’m saying if we are willing to give God our lives, we should be willing to invest our first fruit back into His Kingdom without hesitation. The word of God works together in perfect harmony and when we abide within the laws (commands) of God we reap a harvest of all sorts.
Often times people hear the word “sow” and they run for the hills. But when God asks us to contribute to His kingdom we need to know there are many ways to sow other than giving money. Will a man rob God? Yes, many rob God of intimacy, studying, and development of relationship. We rob God when we don’t love one another in spirit and in truth and when we don’t forgive. We rob God when we don’t speak our testimony and when we don’t stand up and expose wickedness. We rob God when we don’t give Him our time and we certainly rob God by not trusting that He will supply our every need.
When we sow into the kingdom of God (one another) we unlock a commonwealth. When we promote, support, and share the word of God, we help expand The Kingdom. When we sow into our churches, leaders and teachers, we are more blessed than the receivers. The Bible says God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) so when we sow, we shouldn’t have suspicion about where the money is going because we know if we’ve given from the fullness of our hearts we shall reap a harvest off of our intentions. And if a man or woman of God robs the congregation then they have robbed God and they will have to answer and face judgment for that. We have to allow God to be God, and allow him to bring forth judgment. We cannot be intimidated or frightened by the enemies tactics and not tithe back into the house of God because we are afraid that a crooked preacher or prophet might rob us. We have to stop making excuses for not giving God our time and some of our money, and we must stop getting offended when we’re asked by God to contribute to help sustain someone else’s life.
Let us all renew our minds and give God what we owe Him.