A devotional thought from Rey De Armas from “Do Not Steal”
Read: Malachi 3:8
The heist has become part of our culture. We are intrigued by stories of people who come together in order to take something that seems impossible to take. Movies such as Ocean’s 11, 12,and13, The Italian Job, and every spy thriller are constant reminders that we enjoy watching people come together and enact a plan to steal. Typically the person being robbed is some form of villain so that the stealing can be rationalized, and as a result, the thief becomes a hero. But of all the impossible places that one could rob, how would one rob God?
Malachi 3 gives us a way that God was robbed, namely by His people Israel. God was not tied up. He was not unable to act for Himself. The issue was that the heart of His people did not result in obedience. They withheld their offerings and contributions. They refused to be generous.
God could have stepped in and responded in anger. Instead, He chose to plead with them to turn from their greed and selfishness. He invited Israel to test Him in trusting Him to provide for them as they simply obeyed His commands. Unfortunately, they did not obey; they continued to steal from God.
Even though this passage was addressed to Israel, the principle carries over into the New Testament. Our generosity toward the furthering of the kingdom of God is part of our transformation in the gospel. In the Book of Acts, the followers of Jesus were not afraid to pool their resources together in order to accomplish kingdom work. As followers of Jesus, we follow the pattern given to the New Testament church and in turn give toward the furtherance of the gospel.
Some, however, choose to steal from God by refusing to give. We should recognize our stinginess toward God for what it is—theft. Today, examine your heart. Are you giving towards the mission of God? If not, take time today to correct this matter.
Pause & Reflect:
• Why is stinginess toward God considered robbing him?
• Why does God deserve our generosity?
• How can you be more generous toward God today?