In the world but not of it

May 7, 2010

Giving first to God…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. Proverbs 3:9-10

If you take a good look at the topic of tithing in the Old Testament you will see that the percentage tithed was actually closer to twenty-three percent. In the modern church we have come to expect that ten percent is the right amount.

In either case we also hear time and again on this topic that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). While all these are true in their own right there is one other area of tithing to consider as well which actually will significantly influence both the percentage and attitude with which we give.

Deuteronomy 26:9-11 says “He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey! And now, O LORD, I have brought you the first portion of the harvest you have given me from the ground.’ Then place the produce before the LORD your God, and bow to the ground in worship before him. Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration”.

There are plenty of people who give cheerfully as the Bible instructs but they give “after” their needs are met.

Some people say, “What difference does it make if I give before or after I pay my bills or meet my needs, after all I budget well and ensure that the right amount is left over to give”…

While this statement seems logical, it is a subtle but major difference in the heart attitude we have. The Lord is not looking to confuse us or have us get caught up in semantics but His instruction is clear. His desire is for us to walk in an order that will bless us. Man has a propensity toward greed regardless of how fat his wallet is. The Lord knows (and you and I do also) that most people will default to meeting their own needs before considering Him or even the needs of others.

Although giving to God first is not a guarantee of material prosperity, I can only say that my experience has been that I can never out give God and He has always met my needs and even fulfilled several of my wants in life.

Giving to God first is a guarantee that our walk with Him will mature, that our love for Him will deepen and that our lives for Him will be more pliable and useful.

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