Are You Robbing God?
The word rob can mean to steal or take something by force; or it can mean to withhold or deprive of something due or expected. When scripture speaks of robbing God it refers to the latter defintion of withholding what rightfully belongs to Him. We find this expression used in Malachi 3:
“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” (Malachi 3:8,9).
In this case, robbing God has to do with the withholding of tithes and offerings which are due to Him. But I would suggest that the body of Christ is robbing God in a much more serious way, having nothing to do with money. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).
Whether we will acknowledge it or not, the body of Christ is continuously robbing God by witholding what rightfully belongs to Him: our bodies and spirits. We are not our own! Our lives do not belong to us anymore. Why? Because we have been bought with a price, we have been purchased by God with the blood of Jesus Christ. We do not have the right to live and do as we please. We have become the bondservants of God and as such are His to do with as He pleases. When we withhold our lives from God to live for ourselves, we are thieves and robbers withholding what rightfully belongs to God.
"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being, to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?" (Deuteronomy 10:12,13 Amplified).
We belong to God: body, soul, and spirit. We are His to do with as He pleases. Our responsibility is to obey His commands and fulfill His purposes. We now exist for His pleasure. We are saved from sin in order to serve God. It should be the natural result of redemption. The removal of the self-serving nature inherited from Adam sets us free to now give ourselves in wholehearted consecration to God's will and purpose for our lives. As Ephesians tells us, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).
We are saved to serve Him and do His will and to do it with joy and gladness of heart because of what He has done for us. This is why we are exhorted, “that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). We present to God what rightfully belongs to Him. This is our reasonable service or the least that is expected of us because our life no longer belongs to us but to God.
If you bought and paid for something, you would expect to receive what you bought or you would demand to get your money back. Yet most Christians think nothing of it as they go on living for themselves with no thought of what God desires of them or how He wants to use them. As Paul said, "Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it)" (Romans 1:25 Amplified). Our highest form of worship is the consecration of our lives in obedience to the Lord. All the songs we sing mean nothing as long as we are not willing to give God what He bought and paid for with His own blood.
Are you robbing God by living for yourself? Are you using God’s body for your own pleasure? Are you depriving God of using His bought and paid for body for His own purposes? Only those who are led by the Spirit of God in service to Him are the true sons of God. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).