Prov. 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
Prov. 3:10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Contrary to a religious mindset that money is intrinsically evil, we can honor God through our wealth. Maybe, the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about this is tithing. We definitely honor the Lord when we give the tithe or 10% because it is a reminder that everything comes from Him. Giving it is a way of saying to God – thank you and an acknowledgment that He is the source. He does not need it. But the tithe is His anyway. We are merely returning what belongs to Him.
But guess what, it is not only the tithe that is His. The whole amount of our wealth is His.
Psa. 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
The money in your bank account is not yours but God’s. Your house, your car, your clothes, your computer, everything that you own is really owned by God. He owns everything. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and yet He doesn’t eat burger. He does not need it. Yet He owns it.
What this is saying now is not only is our giving honoring to God but how we steward our wealth should be honoring to God.
God does not just look at our giving but even our spending, saving, investing, etc. We are not owners. We are stewards. God is the title deed holder.
Every time God gives us income, we have five uses for it.
– Support a lifestyle
– Debt repayment
– Savings and investment
Three of the five uses are consumptive (tax, living expenses and debt) which means that money you use is gone or consumed. Only two uses are productive in nature (namely tithing and saving) which means that the money you use here grows exponentially. Savings earns through compounding interest whereas tithing is a seed that multiplies in the supernatural realm and will come back as a great harvest in the future.
God always looks at the whole pie and not just the 10% that we give Him.
First question, “Are we honoring God through our giving?”
Next question, “Are we honoring God in handling the remaining amount?”
More of these in my next blogs.