Today’s Scripture: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8
One year in our college Chapel service I had preached a message about tithing. A few weeks later, one of our students came to me and said that the message had challenged her to give ten dollars a week to the Lord. She began doing it, and it wasn’t but a few days later that she found ten dollars in the clothes dryer!
You might think that ten dollars is an insignificant amount, but to our God, ten dollars is everything if it is given with the right heart. You might be thinking that you don’t have enough income – well, we are not talking about income levels; we are talking about a percentage. You might say that tithing is only under the Law of Moses; however, tithing happened before Moses when Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek in Genesis 14. Also, in Genesis 28, Jacob vowed a tenth unto the Lord. These are both examples of tithing before the Law of Moses.
Although we are not under the Law, I do believe that tithing is still for today. I am not talking about buying your way into Heaven. From Abraham to Moses, no one bought their way into Heaven. I’m also not saying that if you don’t tithe, you will go to hell. Salvation is free and cannot be bought with money. What I am saying is that I believe that living on ninety percent of my income with God’s blessing is better than living on one hundred percent without God’s blessing.
Ultimately, tithing keeps us from stealing. Our passage today describes people who were not tithing as robbing God. When we don’t give at least the ten percent, we are stealing from God.
Believer, don’t be the kind of person that steals, especially from God. Ask Him to help you to give in faith. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver!
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.