Did you know that the Bible contains about 500 verses about love and 500 verses about faith, but 2000 verses about giving? The teaching of giving is important to God because He wants us to live our lives with open hands.
We want to be blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.
Being generous puts you in the best position to be blessed as God desires you to be. The best part about this is that when you are blessed, God’s blessing overflows to others. We want to be blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.
The blessings that come with placing God first in your giving is TBD.
1. God blesses what is given. Luke 6:38
Being blessed doesn’t mean you have to have a lot of something. Some people have an abundance, yet they are still miserable. Other times, having plenty leads to people’s destruction. Being blessed actually means you can enjoy what you have.
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:37-38
If you want your marriage to be blessed, give your marriage to God. Surrendering things to God means recognizing that all we have belongs to Him and accepts His will to guide and direct them however He wants.
2. Our gifts need to be given first. Proverbs 3:9-10, 1 Corinthians 16:2
Don’t give God the leftovers of your day, your energy, or your resources. Give to God before other people and activities deplete your resources; put Him first even before your own needs.
Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
When we honor God in this way, He changes our hearts to be filled with generosity and contentment with what we have.
3. Giving to God first secures a blessing on the rest. Malachi 3:8-10, Romans 11:16, Deuteronomy 26:13-15
For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:16
If the very beginning is holy, then the rest is holy. If you commit your day to the Lord as soon as you wake up, it is your best chance to follow Him and see His blessings for the rest of the day.
Are you dating? Commit your relationship to God. As soon as you meet together, pray for God to guide and bless your time together. Start out on God’s path with an intention to stay there.
4. Giving to God first demonstrates faith in more to come. 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23; 1 Corinthians 16:15
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.1 Corinthians 15:20
God gave His Son and raised Him from the dead as a sign that we, too, will rise from the dead when we trust in Him. More resurrection is to come!
One reason people refuse to give is that they have no faith that God will honor their giving. Biblically, we are called to give God the first of whatever we produce, not the last. By doing so, it is a sign of our faith that we trust God to give us more so that we will have what we need.
Next week, we will discuss more about our own commitments to giving. Pray for God to prepare your heart to hear what He desires for you to do!