Stop that Thief!
Not too long ago, I was inside Market Street grocery store and I purchased a cup of coffee. I grabbed a newspaper to read for just a few moments and intended to put it right back. However, I got caught up reading the sports and business sections and ran into some friends and talked with them for awhile. After a few moments, I stood up to leave and walked out the door. Almost to my car, I realized that I was carrying the newspaper that I had not paid for!
In fear of seeing a headline ‘local minister shoplifter’ my heartbeat escalated as I quickly turned around and trotted back into the store to replace the newspaper. Thankfully, I was able to get it back into place before I became an official ‘robber’.
We all know that robbery is bad. We teach our kids to be honest and not to steal. This is so important to a highly functioning society that we have numerous laws at every level of government to prevent and punish stealing. God made His instruction very simple in the Ten Commandments, “You shall not steal.”
We consider ourselves honest people and wouldn’t dream of robbing someone and breaking that commandment or any laws. But, are we being honest with God about our money? Are we robbing God of what we owe Him?
According to Malachi 3:8-11, we have a problem and a promise. Let’s look at the verse:
Malachi 3:8-11, Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me. But you ask, “How do we rob You?” “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—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 you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty.
According to the Bible, we rob God when we don’t give Him 10% of what He has given us. Ouch.
The good news…This same verse has a great promise. God says that if we do give 10%, also called a tithe, then we can expect Him to “open the floodgates of heaven” and to bless like crazy.
Financially, we are given a choice. 1) Give 10% and get incredibly blessed, or 2) don’t give a tenth and rob God, which has its consequences as well.
Let’s choose to get blessed!

Scott Sanford

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