Lending to the Lord
[Proverbs 19:17] “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord. And He will pay back what he has given.” Most people in the church don’t have a clue this scripture is in the bible. If they understood this scripture they would be more free with their money. But man thinks because we work for the money we have it all belongs to us. Fact is; nothing on this earth belongs to us. [Psalms 24:1] “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fulness. The world and those who dwell therein.” Everything that has come into our possession came as a result of God blessing us. But, because we are a selfish people we do not seek to understand where our blessings come from. We just assume they came from the person who gave us a job. When in reality the money we earned came to our employer from someone else, who got it from someone else, who got it from someone else, and the cycle continued until many people had passed the money along until it came into our hands. And if we take a portion of what we have earned and share it with someone who has nothing without expecting anything in return; the above scripture tells us, we have lent that money to the Lord and He will pay back what we gave. But because man is selfish he does not understand that everything the Lord put on this earth is to be passed around and passed around until every living person has had a chance to partake of it. Neither does he understand that when someone holds back more than their fair share of the blessing someone else is being cheated out of what God intended to give them.
God expects people to be givers, not takers. And it is a shame that He has had to command His children to pay tithes and give offerings to help the poor, but that is what He has had to do. We normally do not think in these terms, but the only way some people have of receiving anything in this world is if someone gives it to them. We do not realize that God is just as concerned about the heathen and the person that has nothing as He is with the person He has saved and blessed. That is why He commanded us to be givers. When we do not give, the poor person God wants to bless won’t receive what the Lord wanted to give him; and someone is going to be held accountable for not doing as they have been instructed. When people who have will not share with those who have nothing, this upsets God and He calls that greed. Greedy people are cheats, murderers and robbers by nature because they think of no one but themselves; and the needs of other people never enters their minds. By mans law it is okay to be greedy, but God’s laws states ten percent of everything He gives us belongs to Him to meet the needs of those who don’t have enough. God’s ten percent is to be given to the local church to meet the needs of the church and God’s people around the world. When God’s needs are not met there only remains judgment. And when Judgment Day comes; and it will for every human being that has ever graced the face of this earth, every person will be judged by God’s law and not mans law. Offenders will be severely penalized and the faithful will be rewarded.
Let me give an example of how God looks at the actions of man and what the results are when we don’t follow God’s Laws. What I am about to illustrate man calls tough luck; but God calls it something else. Let’s say, I don’t have even a morsel of bread in my house and God has told another person to give me bread that I might live and he does not do as instructed. If I die as a result of hunger; “Do you think God would hold that person accountable for my death?” The truth is He murdered me just as surely as if he had put a gun to my head and pulled the trigger. God does not ask us to do things we are not capable of doing. But when He asks us to do something that is within our power and we chose not to do it because we considered what we possess to be of more importance than the other persons need; God frowns on this attitude.
By the grace of God we are what we are in this life. But when we exceed God’s grace we get into trouble, and when we allow ourselves to get into a difficult situation because of our excessiveness, the lives of other people are adversely affected. How? You might ask. If I get into debt and am struggling to pay my bills I have exceeded the money I have been blessed with, and as a result of my greed for more someone who is dependent upon my giving is not going to receive their blessing. I cannot give what I do not have, therefore my excessiveness has created a problem for me that I am going to have to overcome, and while I am busy overcoming my situation someone else’s problem is being prolonged. God’s plan is for each of us to stay within the limitation of His grace for our life; and when we do we are in a position to alleviate the problems of another person so they can become a blessing. When God blesses us it is because He has other people in mind that need to be a recipient of part of our blessing, and vice versa. When other people get blessed, we, too, will be a recipient of a portion of that blessing if everyone follows God’s plan.
It is sad that we do not hear these types of messages in our church because the speakers fear they will offend their congregations if they tell it the way God sees it. People need to know that when they don’t tithe or give offerings, they are thieves and robbers who are robbing God and stealing from the people God wanted to help with the money they were supposed to give. If that person that was in need should die because another person didn’t give their tithes as they should, the person that didn’t give has the dead person’s blood on their hands. This is a hard and strong teaching, but the truth is always hard to take and people don’t want to hear it. But, be that as it may, God is anything but compassionate with thieves and murderers who do not repent of their crimes. Jesus tells us in [John 10:10] “The thief, (Satan) comes to steal, kill and to destroy, but I have have come that you may have life, and life more abundantly.” And in [Malachi 3:8-12] we are given God’s perspective on the giving of tithes and offerings, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, in what way have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this, says the Lord of hosts. If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land, says the Lord of hosts.” The point of this lesson is that people who give to the Lord will be repaid by the Lord, but those who don’t do as instructed will be judged by the same Lord. Malachi tells us what God will do when we are faithful to follow His prescription for helping others, but, he also tells us the person who doesn’t obey; lives under a curse, and in the end he will judged as a thief. DThrash