Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
For the life of me, I don’t understand why Christians don’t tithe. Polls indicate that only a small percentage of believers are faithful in that regard. Failure to tithe not only stops the supernatural flow of God’s resource provision to the giver, but it constitutes robbery in His sight.
In all my years of pastoring I have never looked at the church giving records. I could not tell you if a person has given a hundred dollars or a fortune to the church ministry. There is an exception to that rule: if we are bringing on board an assistant minister, or recommending laity for the church board, I have an accountant check their giving records to see if they indicate that the person is a tither. Why would I do that? Because I don’t want a thief on the church board or my pastoral staff. What right do I have to call a non-tither a thief? Oh, I didn’t call the person that name – God did. “Will a man rob God?” A person who buys groceries, clothes, shoes, toys, cars, house payments – you name it – with God’s ten percent is taking from the Lord for his or her own benefit.
The tragic thing is that a person who shows a lifetime of tithing to God is able to live far, far better on the 90% than he or she ever could have lived on the full 100%. I can prove that from real life over and again. Not tithing indicates a lack of faith in God and His promises.
Now where does the tithe belong? In the storehouse, Malachi teaches. In 30 years of global media ministry, I never once asked a listener or viewer for tithe. We were grateful for offerings, but the tithe belonged in the local church where that person receives spiritual food. So – are you a life-long tither? You’ll be blessed if you are.
Prayer: O God, I do not want you to consider me to be a thief. And I want to keep the conduits of Your divine supply wide open. Thank you for a life time of proving to me that You are a rewarder for those who honor You with our giving. I thank you. Amen.