Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8
It is very interesting that any time the subject comes up in church about giving tithes and offerings, there is always this somberness that comes over the room. Praise and Testimony service could have just concluded-where people are giving praises unto the Lord; telling of His goodness and how He has blessed them with the desires of their heart as well as provided a need. Then comes the act of giving. And just that quick, it has been forgotten what was just said. This moment is not look upon as an opportunity to give back to God. Nor is it look upon as this is the least we can do for Him. We can never repay Him for all that He has done for us, therefore, we should be so excited to give because He is always giving to us. Yet, it's as if we are saying that God doesn't need our money. And you know what he doesn't. He owns everything! How dare we be so selfish and self-centered to think that we are doing God a favor by giving tithes and offerings. God is favoring us by allowing us to keep ninety percent of our income, which by the way, He has blessed us to have.
It is time out for allowing the enemy to control your thoughts on the ministry of giving. It is time for you to put your money where your mouth is. If you are proclaiming Jesus Christ as your Savior, and testifying of His goodness, then you need to start showing some appreciation and gratitude toward Him and for what He has done for you. Question- What if you went to work on a daily basis, worked 8hrs plus each day, gave your best, and when payday came, you only received ten percent of your pay; how would you feel? Not to good I'm sure. Here we have God who gives His best to us, works on our behalf daily and in return only requires ten percent of our wages. Who else will only ask for ten percent. Even the government gets thirty-three percent; and they take that before you even get your check. God doesn't take our money. He gives us a chance to be cheerful givers. Will you continue to miss your chance to be a cheerful giver? Note: If you are grudgingly giving to God, I can tell you right now you will miss your blessing. Think about it: What if you ask a loved one for something and they grudgingly gave it to you? You probably would be less inclined to take it nor will you feel blessed by it. That's how we make God feel when we give unto Him grudgingly. So if you don't like feeling that way, don't make God feel that way. I believe we can apply The Golden Rule to how we treat God just as well as we do to people. What do you think? Are you ready to "put your money where you mouth is?" Or will you continue to rob God and miss your opportunity to be blessed more abundantly? THE CHOICE IS YOURS!!!
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. BONUS: And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:10-11