“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10).
The Bible’s teachings never contradict themselves, and serve to reinforce other biblical truth. For example, because God created the earth, and is Lord over all, everything belongs to Him. Whatever we “own” belongs to Him, and in that sense, we become stewards of it for God. Because we answer to God, we need to do what He commands us to do.
We should “honor” God with portions of our increase. In turn, He promises to meet all of our needs:
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
Giving reminds us where our possessions come from and also who really owns it (God). Giving releases us from self-centered living and hard-heartedness. Giving seems a bit hard to digest at times. “If I give to God, I will have less.” But the eye of faith takes God at His Word and says, “If I part with a tenth, I will be obeying God. Certainly He will take care of me.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
We need to be clear about one thing: we do not “give to get.” We give because our gracious God would have us to do so. Of course He blesses our giving with many benefits. For example, our giving leads others to praise God (2 Corinthians 9:12). When we give to support the gospel, many will receive Christ and rejoice. Others, often recipients of our generosity, will joyfully pray for us (2 Corinthians 9:14). With that in mind, God promises to meet all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
It’s natural to want to hold on to our money and possessions, but God calls us to supernatural living. When we exercise generosity towards others, God enriches our spiritual life and places His special blessings upon us.
Giving can include many other helpful activities, such as volunteering, helping the needy, and supporting missions. When we surrender our lives to God, and our possessions, He places us upon a path of blessing with a promise of peace, safety, and joy.
Posted on Fri, June 3, 2016
by Sam Petitfils