An important person in your community is coming to your house for supper. What an honor! So, you look in your refrigerator and pantry and choose the oldest, moldy, spoiled food you can find to serve to your guest. What!?!
In your town, a family’s house burns down and they need financial help. You’ve got some money and think you should help so you give 50?. What?!?
Your boss goes on a trip and gives you some extra money and asks you to pay a bill for his mother. You take the money and buy yourself some new clothes. What, who is this person?!?
We read these examples and have probably formed an opinion of these people. What are you thinking about them? What would God think of them? What would you do in these situations?
The Bible says we are supposed to give our best: “Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men:” (Colossians 3:23), be generous: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:25), and don’t be greedy, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15). Can we all do that?
In the Garden of Eden, God gave all the trees in the garden to Adam for food except one and He said don’t eat of that tree, it’s mine, (paraphrased, Genesis 2:17),. But with Eve’s help, after listening to the lies of Satan, Adam took what was Gods for himself. We think, “Why didn’t Adam just do what God said?” “He had all the rest for himself!” Indeed. But some in the church today are doing just what all these examples show. Not giving our best to God, being stingy with what we’ve been given by God, and using God’s money for ourselves. Some have even snubbed their noses at God’s generosity and refused to give God back what He asked for. What!?!
God says, “For all the earth is Mine” (Ex. 19:5). All our money is Gods and He asks us to give Him back the tithe. He could just keep the tenth but He doesn’t need it. He wants to teach us to obey Him, to use our free will to honor Him and His desires. “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings.” (Malachi 3:8). You wouldn’t think of stealing from God but if you’re not paying your tithe, that’s exactly what you’re doing. And you’re missing God’s best for you. We see in Malachi 3:9-12 what benefits are ours if we obey God concerning the tithe: “You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 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. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.” Wow, don’t we and our nation really need this! I’d like to hear your comments about this topic.