What Does Your Giving Say about You?

What Does Your Giving Say about You?

1155 1155 Rachel Rose Nelson

 

Pearl of Wisdom:

“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.”

Proverbs 3:9-10

 

TODAY’S PEARL OF WISDOM ABOUT FIRSTFRUITS AND HARVESTS is perfectly timed. The high Jewish holidays are now drawing to a close and this week is the Feast of Tabernacles, a harvest holiday marked by both celebration and great sacrifices. In addition to feasts and sacrifices, the Jewish people are commanded to build and dwell in temporary structures intended to remind them of the 40 years in the wilderness, surviving on nothing more and nothing less than the Grace of God.

This holiday is a picture of our utter inability to meet our own needs covered over by God’s total ability to provide abundantly. Sacrifice in this context is simply our acknowledgement of this truth.

Do we believe everything we have is a gift from God, or rather the fruit of our labor alone? Do we believe God’s promise to provide for our every need or do we secretly fear God’s promises are just a metaphor or maybe meant for someone else?

With the command to give, God puts forth a mighty promise:

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

– Malachi 3:10

The full tithe that God commands is no less than a tenth of our wages. This is the standard Biblical measure mentioned many times throughout Scripture, spanning wisdom and prophesy over thousands of years. But it is not just the amount that counts but the timing of when we bring it.

God wants the firstfruits.

Yet, even when we acknowledge the need to tithe, we are tempted to meet our financial needs first, then consider giving God some of what remains. But this puts God in the position of poverty. Jewish law dictated that Jews not harvest all the way to the edges of their crops, leaving grain behind for the poor to glean. And isn’t this the position we put God in when we give to him from the leftovers? This is not honor.

God doesn’t need our money. What He wants is our heart. But where and when we give our money reveals our heart to Him.

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Insight to Action

Christians do not live by Jewish law. When we place our faith in Christ he abides in us and is our Constant Counselor, helping us to more than fulfill the law for He turns our hearts as well as our hands to the will of God. We are simply to search God’s Word, then search our hearts and prayerfully consider our actions. I say “simply” but sometimes it seems having a law to follow certainly sounds more simple.

There is wisdom in having a system; a pre-meditated approach to following God’s guidelines. It is worth thinking through your personal approach to giving to make sure it honors God.

I urge you to give your first fruits with abandon and watch as God pours blessings into your life. What will your plan of giving be? Have you been holding back? Determine to give today and act on your commitment with a sense of urgency. Then wait and watch as God’s divine economy turns in your favor.

Do you have a story of a time you gave and God blessed you? Share it with a reply.

2 Comments
  • Dear Rachel,

    I have owned my own property management business for almost 15 years. It has been a good way to earn a good income while caring for my family. It allowed me the flexability to be with my children and work out of the home.

    2 years ago I seperated from my husban due to abuse and addiction and moved myself and my 3 children up north to Mendocino.

    Crushed and depressed over the events of a failed marriage and surrendering to a one parent household became overwhelming.

    My business my family as well as myself was all falling apart and I felt helpless to do anything about it.

    What kept me going was my on going faith that continued to remind me – Have no Fear – I (God) has never abandoned you. At this time I remember taking a really good look at myself in the mirror as wreaked as I was and saying to myself that “I” can’t do this by myself but if God tells me to have NO FEAR then it will be “God” who does the rest.

    I took my kids to church the following Sunday I had only coins to my name which may have amounted to as much as $4. During the sermon the pastor spoke of trusting in our Lord for all our needs because God cared so much for each his children he would never allow you to go without.

    I believed at the point that God loves me and my children that he would not allow us to go without, that I unloaded my wallet of all I had.

    After the service I came home and my youngest son wanted to ride his bike to where our mail box was to pick up the mail. When he came back I started to sort my mail as always, and in one of the envelopes I received a check for over $6000 for a job I had been working on for months.

    • Rachel Rose . . . at 5:21 am

      Lucy,

      First I want to deeply thank you for sharing this powerful testimony of God’s grace and provision. I’m sure this will speak powerfully to the women who read it. What a show of faith! You had every excuse in the world to hold on to every penny you had. No one would have blamed you a bit. But God was witness to your bold act of faith and blessed it abundantly with provision, topped off with an increase in faith I am sure. How joyous that must have felt to have leaned hard into your faith and been rewarded with such abundant blessing!

      Rachel

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