Grace morning on another seismic and sensational Sunday.
Giving the first of what we have to our Creator is a tangible way of expressing our trust in Him to meet all our needs. If we take the first and best for ourselves and leave to God only what is left over, we are at least implying, if not outright declaring, that we are not sure whether the Lord can meet our needs. We have to take what we need first; otherwise, we might not be satisfied. It is not that the Lord needs our possessions in any absolute sense; rather, the call to tithe and to sacrifice unto Him is for our benefit. It keeps us from “robbing God, and it enables us to develop the kind of whole-hearted trust that pleases Him. If we give to the Lord before we give to ourselves, we are put in a position where we must trust God to make up for what we have surrendered to Him. Such giving also helps us see the Lord for who He really is.
God, who is the first and best, must have the first and best of every thing; his right is prior to all other, and therefore he must be served first.
The Lord will give us so much that our barns will be full and our wine vats overflowing.
“Honor GOD with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.” Proverbs 3:9-10 MSG
Our giving to God and His work is a tangible expression of our trust in God.
Live, love and laugh your way through this serene and satisfying Sunday!