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How to Remove the Temptation to Rob God

by Jason on April 22, 2011

Just about every Friday, I meet with a friend for prayer, accountability, and fellowship.  We talk about our struggles and take our spiritual temperatures every week.  I leave encouraged and challenged to live more like Christ.

Today I want to help us think about temptation in our own lives regarding money, and how to overcome temptation to keep more of what we make, rather than live with radical generosity.  Hopefully you will be encouraged and challenged to live more like Christ.

It’s easy to think since we worked hard for our money that we can do what we please.  It’s much more difficult to live with open hearts and open hands.

Malachi 3:8-9 says,

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.
(Malachi 3:8-9 ESV)

So how can we avoid temptation to rob God?

Go Back to Your First Love

This morning I came to the realization that much of my struggle with sin is a result of me not loving Christ the way that I should.  Jesus addresses this when he talks to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:

I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil…But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.

This church lived the Christian life well by doing good things, however, they forgot their first love.  They forgot about Christ.

Remember that we are freed to be radically generous because of Jesus’ costly sacrfice for us.

Make Giving a Priority

Verse 10 in Malachi 3 gives us a tip on how to avoid temptation to rob God:

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.

You can avoid robbing God by giving radically.  Make giving a priority in your budget.

Set Up Your Giving Systematically

My wife and I recently set up our giving on a systematic basis.  We would often forget to write a check.  It’s not that we didn’t want to give or didn’t view it as a priority, we simply would forget.

Setting up our giving on a systematic basis was a key for us, and can be key for you to avoid temptation to not write the check.

Tell Someone Your Plan to Give

If you plan to avoid temptation and overcome struggles, you cannot do it alone.  The Christian life is meant to live in community and fellowship.  We need each other.

If you plan to change, then tell someone you trust your giving plans.

“Information with application through community leads to transformation” – Mark Driscoll.

What are Your Thoughts?

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