Do Not Rob God
8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing you?” In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11 I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:8-11)
Once in a family first jack fruit produced in a jack fruit tree. Children anxiously awaited for the jack fruit to be ready forand eat. But, when jack fruit ripe their mother took it to church and offered to God. Then the children asked her that there are plenty of jack fruits in the church, but we don’ have. Why you are giving all these to God ? God is supposed to give us. That mother, who was filled with spiritual knowledge called the children and told them. My dear children, what do you think? Who is the owner of uncountable birds in the sky, crores of sea creatures, uncountable forest animals ? Are they not belong to God ? Do you know still then why God is accepting our very small humble offering? Only to return us that in much more quantity and also to give us blessings to use it when he returns. Bible teaches us like this:-
Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce; (Proverbs 3:9)
Below bible verses are very attentive here.
10 Be generous when you worship the Lord,
and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
11 With every gift show a cheerful face,
and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
12 Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
and as generously as you can afford.
13 For the Lord is the one who repays,
and he will repay you sevenfold. (Sirach 35:10-13)
The God who created and maintaining this universe is not asking something from us because he has any requirement for this. But, because he wants to give his blessings and wealth to us.
6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.