What Comes First?

What Comes First?

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” (Pro 3:9)

The principle of giving a portion is infused in the Scriptures. Honoring God with a holy portion, tithe, or sacrifice is a spiritual principle. If it is all His, why not honor Him with acknowledging His Lordship by bringing the tithe into the storehouse?

This is not a legalistic practice but a Godly discipline and acknowledgment that all we have comes from Him. It helps keep it all in perspective. We think so much about these things that a fresh perspective is probably not a bad thing.

He doesn’t need your money, but He does require your obedience. I have found that a surrendered heart moderates greed. Perhaps we need to give to receive.

Quick Prayer: I will give You the best part of all You have given me, for You are my Lord. Amen.

Have Enough

Have Enough

“Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” (Pro 15:16)

How much is really enough? What price are you paying for the extra you think you need? Is the ambition to be wealthier fogging your focus on God? That is a key question. Please think about that for a moment. Don’t dismiss it out of hand; it may apply to you.

Sometimes the price you pay is too much for the prize. What price are you paying? What price is your family paying?

Being grateful for what we already have can disempower the greed and consumerism that so easily ensnare us. Being content is a Godly attribute and reflects true priorities and a recognition that He has our best in mind.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for what I already have, Lord. Amen.

How Many do You Need?

“John answered, ‘Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.’” (Luk 3:11)

How much is enough—one car, two cars, maybe three? How many pairs of pants can we wear? Do we need another toy? There are so many things I own that I didn’t know I needed until I saw one. I have more things that Apple has made starting with an ‘i’ than I would have ever thought possible a few years ago.

There is nothing wrong with material things or with owning nice products. The answer, I think, lies in their priority in our lives. Do we rate them above people? Do we not give to those in need because we want another toy?

I know of a businessman who drove an expensive Mercedes. One day he was driving along when he felt God was asking him to sell it and give the money away to a specific cause. He was obedient and now drives an even better car because God blessed him even more. Did he give to get? No, he gave in obedience and was subsequently blessed.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for more than enough. Amen.