I stole from God!

Yes I stole. And I’m sorry I stole. I had been a thief all this while. I was a thief.

One of my escapades: It was that time of the month when we all get some relief in the form of paycheques, wages, salaries, pocket moneys, investment liquidation, cash gifts and so on.. There was this young man who God’s blessed with a job. He collected his pay and put it in a bag.. He left his bag in a room…

…As I saw him step out without his bag, I went in, opened it and.. Yes, I did…

I stole. I stole just a little. I stole just a tenth. Just 10% of his total pay….

Yes! I stole from me. I stole from my own bag!!..

Sounds weird right? How do I mean? How can I steal from myself?

Here’s how: God provides us with blessings no matter how small. He provides us with income. Yet we rob God of His blessings. We try to steal the blessings He has freely given us……we steal from ourselves! How weird!

1/10th of our income is for God. Don’t steal it.  It’s just 0.1!! wouldn’t hurt!!

The month is almost coming to an end, those of us who earn salaries should be receiving some pay soon – Don’t steal from yourself. Don’t steal from God. Pay your tithe.

I will not steal from God this month. I will pay mine. Don’t know about you!!

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings – Malachi III v VIII

(A Hearty Congratulations to my dearest sister who convocated today with an MBA)

You can still air your views and participate in the poll of “Would you show your child?”

Here’s a good piece on personal finance from Blogoratti

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23 thoughts on “I stole from God!

  1. if i am to go well by what is written here, then God requires 10% of everything about you… including your time.

    talking about the financials only is what makes churches today look so much like businesses. and makes pastors preaching about tithes look hungry.

    • @Ezra, I totally agree 100% with you.. Infact we are still stealing from God if we only perform financial tithing..
      Thnx for stopping by man!!

  2. nice job but i add that there are other 3 T’s to tithe, your Treasure, your talent, and your Time. hope we learn from this…

  3. How do you interpret Galatians 3:10?

    For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

    The only way you can claim blessings from tithing is to obey all 600+ commands of the law.

    NT giving is primarily sacrificial which means more than 10% for some and less than 10% from others. If your worship is not sacrificial then it is not from the heart. 2 Cor 8:12-15

    Although money was common in Genesis and essential for sanctuary worship, money was never included in 16 tithing texts covering 1500 years. Lev 27:30-34

    http://www.tithing-russkelly.com

  4. @Russell Earl Kelly,u’ve raised a good question..and here is my comment not all anyway but to provoke our religious thinking…Now..there are key questns to answer to derive an answer to your comment:
    1. who is God on earth or who does God sayz represents Him on earth? have you seen the Father God before?
    2.God requires tithing so that there would be abundance in His Temple. where is the temple of God and who bears the temple of God.
    3.oh!! Tithe is meant to move the kingdom of God forward. where is the kingdom of God.

    I bet u, if you can answer this provocative questions then you would know that tithing is a form of giving that God requires is children to give to others who are not able to produce at the level at which you are producing…if this is judiciously followed..there would truly be abudance in the temple of God, the kingdom of God would be so advanced and there wont be any poor man in the land…all just becos we all give part of what we earn/generate without grumbling for God loves a cheerful giver. However, there are still poor in the land just because some people would refuse to give unto others part of what they earn/generate and at worst they refuse to be a cheerful giver….LETS REDUCE THE RATE OF POOR PEOPLE IN THE LAND BY TITHING OUR TREASURES, TALENTS AND TIME…

  5. @Ezra.based on your comment..what i think the church do is TAXING NOT TITHING ok. TAX is an external thing, done by an government to raise revenue for itself..all in the name of providing basic amenities for the citizenry…we all know they dont eventually do that…Now ezra dont you see this same thing in the situation u described..pastors standing for their own government(church), tax the congregation(citizens) using PIT(PERSONAL INCOME TAX FORMULAR).. Then promise the congregation(citizens) that all their basic need(amenities) would be met..and somehow..most of these tax payers hardly enjoy basic needs… Tithing is an inner thing…it would always bring back cos it’s simply giving/sharing part of your produce to those you see around you that dont have.. TAX only gets from you, give you promise but hardly comes to fulfilment….

  6. Sam:
    2.God requires tithing so that there would be abundance in His Temple. where is the temple of God and who bears the temple of God.
    3.oh!! Tithe is meant to move the kingdom of God forward. where is the kingdom of God.

    Russ:
    1. I am a born-again Christian. My body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. I see God when I see Jesus Christ. Do you teach that? 1 Cor 3:16-17; 6:19-20.

    2. The Church is NOT the Temple of God in the New Testament after Calvary. Do you teach that?

    3. Numbers 18:20, 23 and 15 other texts command those who receive the Levitical tithe NOT to own or inherit property. Do you teach this?

    4. In Nehemiah 10:37b tithes were first brought to the Levitical cities. Do you teach this? In Nehemiah 10:38-39 the Levites assisted priests in bringing only a tenth of the tithe to the Temple. Do you teach that? Also Num 25-28.

    5. OT tithes were NOT used for mission work? Where in God’s Word was this changed?

    6. NT giving is sacrificial. That means much more than 10% for many. OT tithes have zero glory per 2 Cor 3:10.

    Samuel: I bet u, if you can answer this provocative questions …

    Russ: They are not provocative. They are very easily answered.

    Sam: … then you would know that tithing is a form of giving that God requires is children to give to others who are not able to produce at the level at which you are producing.

    Russ: Do you have any Bible texts to justify this?

    Sam: ..if this is judiciously followed..there would truly be abundance in the temple of God, the kingdom of God would be so advanced and there wont be any poor man in the land…all just because we all give part of what we earn/generate without grumbling for God loves a cheerful giver.

    Russ: This is all covered in better NT giving principles.

    ………..
    Ezra: Tithing is an inner thing…it would always bring back cos it’s simply giving/sharing part of your produce to those you see around you that dont have.. TAX only gets from you, give you promise but hardly comes to fulfilment….

    Russ: Not texts support this statement. Tithing was always only cold hard LAW for food producers who lived inside Israel. Matthew 23:23 is 1500 years after Leviticus 27 and tithes are still only food.

  7. @Russ: I can see you have d biblical text and understanding to give my thought some basis as i agree to everything u wrote on your website. all ‘m just stressing is that tithing which i prefer to call giving in these new testament days as you call it must be sacrificial…give as you much as you can give the Apostle stressed..and i know giving logically should be to someone who dont have what you have…if i have money to pay my child’s school fee..to me your sacrificial giving might not be needed(dats a gift), but when i cant pay and you stand out to offer help(this is giving), then i think you’ve done the right thing.

    In summary when we do the right tithing which ever way you see it Russ..be it food tithing or money tithing whichever way, the main purpose is that there must not be anyone lacking in the corporate house of God. and i think that happened during the days of the apostle..it was recorded that none lacked among them cos they gave generously. does this happen 2day in the church..i can still see lacking people in the church…the pastor even gets richer than the members and thatz why i referd to it as taxing..cos the government has a richer purse than the citizen..i hope u reason witth my deductions.

    Letz make our world a better place by helping ourselves…whom you have ability to help…please help…THANKS…

  8. @Russ.Now thank God you answered my questions right.they are simple questions and that’s why they are not provocative to you bro…it’s provocative to some people..especially the Christians.
    some of them has not even come to the term that Christ lives in them as them and they are now the carrier of the kingdom of God. The church building is not the temple..we are the temple..from this thought i think the issue of tithing or no tithing can be solved..that’s for those who have eye to see and ears to hear.

  9. Read the whole of Hebrew 7.
    You will easily conclude you have not stolen from anyone or from your self. It shows the OT law is changed because it is no longer profitable to God’s purpose.

    Malachi 3:10 is not addressed to you Ochuko contrary to what many will want to make you believe. Read the whole book and you will easily concluse it is directed to Levites whose resposibilty it is to take a tenth of the tithes of Jews to the Temple.

    All the best as you study

  10. My book has 22 pages on Hebrews 7.
    http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id8.html

    Yinka is correct. Hebrews 7 makes it clear that the law which supported the Levitical priesthood (Numbers 18) as been annulled.

    1. The first time the words “law” and “commandment” appear in Hebrews is 7:5 for “tithing”; therefore the word must at least refer to tithing in 7:12 which says that is is necessary to change the law. The necessary change was NOT to the Church; the change was its abolishment in 7:18. That is as clear as clear can be.

  11. Hi Ochuko,
    nice write-up here but I think you have misconstrued a lot of things. When one reads Malachi 3:10, one would notice that there is a particular way in which tithes were put in God’s house but the order had been set aside and God was not happy with it,hence Mal3:10.

    From here,one should search the scriptures for how tithes were taken to the house of God as He had laid down and this precise set of rules can be found in Deut 14:1-29, Deut 26:12 and a host of others. One would see that tithing as it is done today is a silly caricature of what God had laid down ages ago.

    Do an xtensive search of tithes and still have it at the back of your mind that Jesus came to fulfill the Law and that the Law was crucified on the cross. Then you cap your search with a study of Heb 7.

    Russell and Yinka have done a good job in bringing out the salient points here.

    Do a thorough study of this issue before you condemn yourself as a ‘robber’. Remember, there’s a difference between Judaism and Christianity.

    God bless you!

  12. @shaniqua,Yinka and Russell
    Thanks for your contribution, it’s most appreciated.. I’m still studying the various links, write-ups and bible verses.. I’m also expecting more comments. You’d hear from me soonest on my findings.. my mind’s open..

  13. I believe tithe, which ever way it’s been calculated, when given is an act of gratitude and recognition of God’s input – which is most important in whatever we do.

  14. hey, to be a tither is the greatest thing that can ever happen to anyone. a tither never lacks because God has his way of taking care of his own people.
    The 1st time i ever gave my tithe to God, was when i was in the institution and a week later i was a little broke and i had no money in the bank and my folks were not sending money till the week after but a spirit told me to go check my account to my greatest surprise, i got times3 of what i gave to God and my parents didnt send the money. so who did?

  15. I belive in tithing, but sometime I think It should be a voluntary thing. And also helping people around you go far better than tithing.

  16. Unless you are a Hebrew producing food and living inside Israel you never have and never will tithe.

    Is this verse in your Bible, Gal 3:10

    10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
    KJV

    You cannot claim blessings from tithing unless you observe all 600+ commands of the law.

    Your blessigns are becasue of freewill sacrificial giving and not because of law-giving.

  17. this is a very deep subject, i listened 2 a reputable man of God say we have to tithe from basically all means of increase. including those not worked for, extra bailouts n all.
    i personally have no comment cos i m at a crossroad n ur discussions have been quite helpful but i will stick 2 directives by the people i luk up to in spiritual matters,Oyedepo n Oyemade n tithe my one tenth of my income.
    my mind is open though, but its gonna take a revelation from God to change my current disposition.

  18. @Gbubemi, thanks for your note.. let’s keep praying for God to reveal His truth unto us… please share this post with more pple.. we need more insights and comments from other point of views..
    Have a great weekend.
    🙂

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