"Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How are we robbing you?' In tithes and offerings." Malachi 3:8
Many of us call ourselves Christ followers. Many of us give our time, energy, talents, and money to the church, to God. But do we give our best? Do we give our best time, our best energy, our best talent, and our best money to the Lord? And do we give with the right motive, the right heart, the right attitude? God tells His people in Malachi 3:10-12, "'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." In the book of Malachi, God was calling His people to repentance and to worship through giving. Today I believe God still calls us to repentance and to worship through giving. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:7-8, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." Are we giving God our very best in everything we have to offer? Are we giving to God cheerfully? He will honor that kind of giving. He will bless that kind of giving. Or, are we robbing God? Are we robbing God by not giving at all? Are we robbing God by bringing Him our leftovers? Are we robbing God by giving to Him reluctantly? Are we robbing God?