Solomon tells us that life is not about hoarding finances and treasure for ourselves, but use it to bless others. It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything. - Proverbs 11:24 The main purpose of wealth is being able to generously give it away. The more we give, the more God allows His resources to flow in our direction. You cannot separate financial health from generosity.
Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. Proverbs 3:9-10 The first and the best belongs to God.
Solomon offers us 3 reasons why we should give our first and best: 1. He should be honored. 2. He already owns everything!
3. He wants to bless us.
The principle of giving God your first and best is also shown in Exodus 13:2, Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal.
Whatever is done with the first of our finances or possessions determines what we do with the rest. The truth is that God doesn’t need our sheep or money, but He puts this principle in His Word to remind us that He should be first in our lives in all areas.
David knew this principle: I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. Psalm 50:10
A.W. Tozer explains it this way; I am obliged to tell you that God doesn’t need anything that you have. He does not need a dime of your money. It is your own spiritual welfare that’s at stake. You have the right to keep all that you have to yourself. But if you do, it will rust and decay, and ultimately ruin you.
What are you giving to God? Allow God will bless your giving. He will multiply it beyond your wildest imagination. Amen?