| Honor the LORD with your wealth, |
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
|Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. |
Bringing our firstfruits to God is simply a way to honor Him. When we do so we are proclaiming that He is Lord of all of it. What a coincidence that those who honor God from their wealth are usually found not to be in lack. In other words, if you feel you don't have the money to give you can't afford NOT to give to God. Don't let the over exaggeration of the "health and wealth" preachers take away from the Biblical truth that God promises to materially bless those who honor Him. He wants to bless His children, but He wants them to give that blessing back to him. Each tithe is a deathblow to the idolatry of materialism.
Today's Commentary by:
David Whitehead, Pastor, Grace NYC