Ever had a thought about stealing something. Like the all-night place with stuff outside
and no one even close to guard it? Or you’re next in line at the store and the rich dude ahead of you drops a twenty
dollar bill on the floor as he’s putting his change away, and you can tell that he’ll never miss it?
Chances are you’d stay honest. But what if the circumstance was different. Suppose you owe a bill and
you never get a statement as a reminder.
Wouldn’t you know…I’m
getting around to tithing. Ten percent of your income to further God’s Word. You can’t afford it? Well, suppose
God got you a job that pays ten times what you’re giving HIM. A dollar in the offering would come to…let’s
forty dollars a month income. Could you live on that?
Maybe you don’t even go to church, so there’s no way anyone could miss what you would, or could
have given. Suppose you’re self-employed, so there’s no way anyone could know what you don’t give. Would
the Internal Revenue go along with that? Or would the store skip your sales tax because you aren’t earning much?
Well, The Bible says the earth is the Lord’s (Psalms 24:1), and so, like the man in the store, God
doesn’t need it. But He sees when people help their local church with your tithes and offerings. And the Bible asks
will a man rob God? The fact is that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, so when you get paid and you
keep His share, that’s robbery.
And I’ll repeat myself from some
other Conquest article I’ve written at another time…the picture my Sunday School teacher showed us when I was
six or seven years old…a man at a table with one potato there in front of him, and nine in his arms, and he’s
saying, "One lone tater out of ten…how can a man be mean enough to give less." And you aren’t really
"giving" it to Him…you’re paying Him what you owe. A tithe…a tenth…that finances the
people who are spreading the Gospel.
Even non-Christians owe it. You’ll
be ahead if you’ll pay up. God knows.