“Honour the LORD with your wealth,
with the first fruits of all your crops”
All and any wealth that we have, individually and collectively, comes from God’s gracious provision. He created all the natural resources, and built into His creation all the possibilities for development, scientific discovery and technological advancement that we enjoy. He has blessed us too with the intelligence to learn, plan, envision and manage.
To honour God with our wealth is to acknowledge that it does, in all reality, come from Him. To do so with the first-fruits of that wealth ensures that He is honoured with the best that we have available and not the ‘spare change’ that might be left at the end. That He expects the best is obvious in the Old Testament where He instructed that any offering made to Him should be ‘without defect.’ To give Him anything less would in fact be to dishonour Him. And then in the New Testament we discover how He provided for us the ‘one, true sacrifice’ that was without blemish in Jesus Christ. There was nothing withheld in that offering.
Both in the next verse and in Malachi (3:10) God makes it clear that if we do honour Him properly in this way then He will respond with additional blessings. By opening our hearts to Him we open the door to His desire to bless even more.
“then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:10)
However, we must not fall into the trap of thinking that the way to get more wealth is to give God some of what we have – rather like a good investment. That can be manipulative and self-seeking. Instead we honour and thank God because He deserves it and can be trusted with the future. Where we don’t we may be cutting ourselves off from any further blessings on His heart.
Where do I stand?
Father God, all that I have has been provided by You. Thank You so much. Please help me to honour You from all that You give me, and to be loving towards those who are in need, Amen.