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Are You a Thief in Your Own Church?

by Jason on January 26, 2011

We think we’re pretty good people for the most part, don’t we?

After all, we haven’t killed anyone; we don’t lie – at least not to purposely hurt someone; and we certainly wouldn’t steal anything.  OK, maybe once – when we were little (you remember that pack of gum from the grocery store?).

Perhaps a closer evaluation would reveal that we aren’t as great as we think; in fact, maybe we’re a bunch of thieves!!

And perhaps an even closer evaluation would reveal we are the worst kind – ones who steal from the church, and ultimately from God!

I’m not talking about pulling a twenty out of the collection plate on Sunday morning, or even taking the pencils from the pew – you know the ones that visitors are supposed to use to give all their personal information to the church?

No, I’m talking about something far, far worse.

Let me explain through some scripture.

Malachi 3:7-10 ESV

From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’  Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me.

But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.  You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.  Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

 Are You Robbing God?

Before you say, “Yeah, but that was Old Testament stuff” – ask yourself if you are guilty of robbing God.

Whether you agree that a “tithe” is for today or not, you must agree that we are to be giving something to the Lord.  The New Testament advocates Grace Giving, which means we give generously.

Are you stingy toward God?  Are you holding back?  Are you setting aside as much money as you could or should each week for Kingdom work?

If not, then let the truth of Malachi 3 sink in.

If you need more proof that you should be giving generously, consider these 10 things that Christians MUST do with their money.

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