Robbing God?

I read this verse today and it really made me think…

{and the Lord said} “Will a man rob God? yet you rob me”. “But you ask ‘how do we rob you’ “In tithes and offerings…”      Malachi 3:8

What??? Rob God… is that even possible? I mean I know I occasionally disappoint him, don’t listen to him, take advantage of His grace; but rob him???

The old testament was all about the law, relationship through law. The tithe was about returning a tenth of all they owned to God. Now living in the new testament, in a personal relationship with Christ sometimes I feel the numbers aren’t important. And they’re not, however  this love relationship gives us a new, different  standard of giving. I think this standard is all measured by sacrifice.  By love we voluntarily give – our time, our gifts, assets, money. And it’s not about how much but all about how much it cost us!

I mean if God created us and we and all we have technically belongs to Him anyway how do we justify not giving. And I mean not just a tenth but EVERYTHING! And it’s not ALL about money but that is part of it as is every single blessing I have been given. Am I giving enough?  Yes I give time but in my time am I giving my all (in energy and talents) or am I giving a half-hearted effort – I may as well not be doing it then. So maybe the motivation is part of it too?

So here I sit examining myself.  Again! It’s a constant process! Maybe there are more things in my life I need to give… maybe it’s just giving God more space in my life, maybe it’s giving him more in my speech. Maybe it’s this blog.

So I’ll sit here a while longer… trying to hear God (Lord you may need to shout it’s rather loud and busy in my house at the moment).

Does any of this resonate with you??

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