“Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.”
The principle of giving should be an evident fruit in any believers life. Not just financial giving, but giving of time, acts of kindness and love, and service towards others. Yet the principle of giving is not made up but the writer of proverbs or some other human writer, it is a principle that comes from God Himself.
Father God knew that His relationship with mankind had been severed by man’s sin in the garden of Eden. He knew the only way to restore that relationship was to send Jesus Christ, His One and only Son as a sacrifice for our sins, to pay the debt we owed and restore mankind’s relationship with God. In other words, God sent His best, His Son Jesus to this earth, for our sakes.
Yet God’s gifts started way back from the beginning of time. He gave humanity trees and crops to bear fruit and vegetables, He gave Adam Eve as a partner, He gave women the ability to reproduce, and even though man sinned when they ate the forbidden fruit, He continued to pour His love, grace and mercy on mankind throughout history.
We have been set the greatest example of giving by the creator of every good perfect gift. Let us remember that all we have is a gift from God; whether financial wealth, friends, family, property, food on your table and clothes on your back. All we have and are is a gift from God. It should be our pleasure to replicate our Father’s action, in our generosity both to God (firstly) and to others.