Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. (Mal. 3:8)
Robert and his accountant were going over his tax return. As a self-employed Christian businessman, Robert’s income could go up one year and down the next. Yet he and his wife were faithful in their giving to the church. Not only did they tithe, but they went beyond the tithe by giving additional dollars to the church building fund, missions, colleges, and so forth.
The accountant, looking at the bottom line of how much they paid in taxes and how much they contributed to the church, suggested they should be tithing on their net instead of the gross. Robert and his wife had made the decision intentionally to give based on the higher figure.
The accountant said, “Well, you deserve a refund!” He meant a refund on the tithe.
Robert said, “God deserves it. And it is our joy to give it.”
He later observed that while the accountant understood the words, he did not seem to understand the attitude of a Christian steward.
The accountant thought the tithe was optional and an unnecessary burden on people. Yet he made no such observation for the government’s portion. He simply accepted the tax structure as normal and required by law.
Robert and his wife felt that to do less would rob God of what was rightfully his. To them, it would be unthinkable, as mere mortals, to rob God.
In giving money, time, and talents, be sure you don’t rob God.
Ron McClung is a retired minister in The Wesleyan Church. He and his wife, Carol, live in Michigan and enjoy spending time with their sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.