The Necessity of Giving – Leftovers

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Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. – Proverbs 3:9

Leftovers. They are a wonderful timesaver in the kitchen and sometimes even seem to taste better than the original meal. But when we honour someone with a meal, we would never think of using leftovers. The same is true when it comes to the way we worship and honour our King, the Lord Jesus Christ. If we truly want to honour Him, it will not be with our ‘leftovers’. Everything we have, everything we are, and everything we hope for are rooted in God’s creation of us and His graciousness toward us through Christ. Our time, money, and abilities are actually His. We should not give Him our time, money or abilities ‘if there is some leftover’. We only honour God when we give to Him first, trusting that He will provide for the rest of our time, money, and energy needs.

Proverbs 3:9 urges us to honour God by practising first fruit giving with our money. We basically have five general alternatives when it comes to what we do with our income:

1. Support of a chosen lifestyle
2. Repayment of debt
3. Payment of taxes
4. Save and invest for the future
5. Give it away

What order of priority do these five alternatives take in your life? Does Proverbs 3:9 make a difference in helping you determine those priorities?

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