Lesson 13

Let’s start to step on some toes here.

Proverbs 3:9-10 says

Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;

then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine. (NIV)

This ties into that dreadful topic of tithing.  We always feel pressured to give, give, give.  I will admit that some churches and organizations really push this too far and don’t apply it biblically.  And because of that, let’s dissect this just a little bit.

Honor.  What does that really mean?  It means giving a high amount of respect to someone.  Ok, why should I give part of my “wealth” out of respect.  Because respect comes with submission and admitting who deserves it.  He deserves the honor and respect.  After all, though we might have worked hard for it, He is the source of that “wealth”.  He has ensured jobs, protection, and blessings to add to that “wealth”.  Don’t we give thank you gifts to people who go above and beyond for you?  Then why don’t we do that wtih God?

Wealth.  I’ll admit that when I think of it, I envision gold pouring out of my closet.  Just checked my closet, and there is no gold there.  Here we cannot just think in the monetary sense.  Think beyond that and you’ll discover how wealthy you really how.  Your wealth could be in family, friends, property, talents, or time.  Do we honor Him with any of those?  Or do we just throw a few paltry coins His way and think that that will show the repect that we should be feeling toward Him?

Firstfruits. What is this?  This is the first reapings of your “wealth”.  This is not the last not as good pieces of vegetables since the season is quickly fading.  This is not the last 2 seconds we can spare before we fade into slumper.  This is not the least desirable piece of our land.  It is the best and the first portion of it.

It goes on to say that when you do honor Him with the “wealth” He has bestowed upon you and you do with the first reaping, then you’ll receive more blessings, more than you could dream of.  This does not mean that you will rival Bill Gates when you give him you entire first paycheck.  Remember that your “wealth” comes in various forms.  I am thankful for the blessing of getting kids off to school without a fuss.  That is worth way more than gold.

Today, in your notebook, write down what you are “wealthy” in.  Add to it as the day, or week, goes on.  Then each night before going to bed take a look at that list and see if you really honored God with it.  If not, note how you can tomorrow.