If you’re not tithing, you are robbing God. That’s what God said as recorded by Malachi (3:8-12). I always thought that that meant we robbed God of money. Well, in one way, that’s true. Here are three ways we rob God – money, I think, being the least of things:
1. We rob God of the provisions for His house (v. 10a) – Sure, He doesn’t need our money but it’s nice when the house of God, whether a building or a body, is properly maintained: paid bills, cleaned carpet, and nice furniture; or good nutrition, healthy living, and well-read brains.
2. We rob God of the pleasure to bless us (v. 10b) – The blessing comes to individuals, not to buildings which should be supplied by tithes! Jesus proclaimed in Luke 12:32, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” That would be hard to do if the flock is not listening to and obeying the Shepherd.
3. We rob God of proof of His Lordship (vs. 11-12) – Just to be clear, Jesus is Lord of ALL, whether or not a person confesses Him as Lord (one day everyone will confess but it’ll be too late for some, according to Philippians 2:9-11). But wouldn’t it be cool if others recognize His Lordship because we are blessed by Him and a delight to Him?
Will a man rob God? Yes, he would, if he’s not sold out to Jesus. And that has very little to do with money.