Proverbs 3:9-10 says Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Brethren wether or not we believe in tithing, first fruits or special offerings, we cannot deny the Word of God when it speaks. I was meditating on this verse and felt like sharing. There are some principles in the Word that transcend the Mosaic Law, the Old Testament and even the New Testament. Giving to God is one way of honoring God. I am convinced that when we love God, we will not be lost in the debates about whether tithing or first fruit offerings are still required in this dispensation. I tithe to honor God, I give a first fruit offering because I love God and it is honorable to give Him the first of what He has blessed me with. It has nothing to do with what my Pastor or my church thinks.
When we understand that God owns everyone of us and the whole earth that we live in, it truly changes our perspective. This means that nothing in essence belongs to us regardless of how hard we may think we have worked to earn what we have. God simply allows us to have earthly things for a period of time. It therefore behooves us to give not just the first fruit and not just the tithe but as much as God may direct us to give at any time. If I make you a guardian of my estate, surely I can ask you to give to others from my estate at any time in any value I desire. When we execute financially or in kind as directed by the Holy Spirit, it will surpass the first fruit and tithe. When God sees that we obey financially, he opens the floodgates of resources and we become a channel through which God provides so both we and others can be blessed.
Psalms 24:1-2 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; The world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the floods.
Giving to God out of what we produce is the gift that keeps giving. Apart from my love for God being the reason for giving generously, I noticed that God makes us a promise. He says if I honor Him this way, “then your barns will be filled with plenty”. Could it be that some of us are suffering lack because we have not understood this Biblical principle of honor through our finances? I have grown to love God such that even if He did not bless me in return, I will still give of my self and of my produce but how much more when He has promised to give me so much more? I don’t know about you but I definitely want my vats bursting with wine! This is a promise of an overflow, of fruitfulness, of abundance, of the type of productivity that yields results beyond what we worked for, pressed down shaken together and running over. It is a promise of getting more than I need such that there is enough to be a blessing to others because I have an overflow, I have extra. Aaah the mathematics of God is fascinating and I could not keep this to myself. Do you catch the revelation? Your act of honor with your first fruits is simply a loving father’s way of bringing you and I into an inheritance beyond what we can produce for ourselves. Boy oh boy, let me go find an offering to give!