Scripture: “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).
God wants us to honor him with the first portion of our incomes. He exhorts us to give in proportion to how we are blessed. He encourages us to give regularly and cheerfully. He wants us to excel in the grace of giving. God tells us that our giving tests the sincerity of our hearts and that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Through our giving, we worship and honor God, and, through our faithful giving, God blesses us.
When we give to God first, he is honored. We dishonor him when we give our leftovers and when we give haphazardly. In Proverbs 3:9 we read, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” Because most of us don’t farm for a living, we don’t give the first fruits or the first portion of our crops, but we can give the first fruits of our incomes. In an agricultural society, the first part of the crops was given before farmers had harvested the rest of their crops. They truly trusted that God would provide as they gave the first part to him. God asks us, too, to place our faith and trust in him to provide for us as we give the first part of our incomes as well. God promises his people that he will bless them if they give faithfully and generously. In Malachi, God tells us that he wants to be put to the test by our giving, so he can prove to us that he is faithful in his promises.
Satan, the world, and our flesh tell us we should spend our money on ourselves and give only minimally, if at all. As you prayerfully consider what you will give, ask God for a joyful and generous heart.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your faithfulness to me. Help me show my faithfulness through my giving. Amen.