Leftovers 4/6/20

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce.” (Prov 3:9)

This verse is often used when we focus on our financial giving, our tithes and offerings, but it is really about much more than that. It begins by reminding us that we are to honor God. There are many ways to honor God. One of them is by our giving. We give not just because we have an obligation, but because we recognize that God is the source of our material blessings. Our giving is a way of expressing our gratitude and a way to honor Him as our Provider.

It goes on to say that we are to honor the Lord with our firstfruits. This means that we give God our best, not our leftovers. Do we give our offerings first, or do we give after we have spent first on our own wants? Do we give God the firstfruits of our time, or do we give Him what’s left over at the end of the day, a few minutes when we’re tired and on our way to bed? Do we give God the firstfruits of our love, or do we give Him what’s left over after we have spent our love on other people and things?

Years ago, everyone used to dress up to go to church. I know times and fashions have changed over the years. We are a much more casual society than we used to be. In those days we dressed up, not to be fashionable, but to come to worship God in our best, to honor him with our best.

One day Jesus was watching people bring their offerings to the temple. The rich cast in large sums of money. There was a widow who came and gave two copper coins, worth about a penny. Jesus said that this woman gave more than the rich did. The rich gave from their abundance, but the widow gave all that she had.

It’s not the quantity or earthly value that God looks at. He looks at our heart. What we give, our money, our time, our hearts, we should give out of love and gratitude to honor God. God gave us His best. Jesus was given for us; He went to the cross for us. We owe God our best, not our left overs. Amen.

Pastor Mike

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