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by Grant Pitcher

Proverbs 3:9 instructs us to “honour the Lord with our wealth, with the first fruits of all our crops” (NIV). The Message translation says it like this: “Honour God with everything you own; give him the first and the best.”

In our context and culture, the majority of society will work and earn a monetary salary each month. We can give money, however God’s emphasis is not on the amount we give, but on the spirit in which we give.

Read the following accounts in Scripture:

  • Acts 4:34 – People sold property and homes and gave the money they received for this.
    Again, watch the spirit in which you give, as we read of Ananias and Sapphira one chapter later who also sold a piece of property and lied in the process of their giving. They ended up dead.
  • Acts 11:28-30. People responded to a prophetic Word regarding a famine, and disciples according to their abilities decided to help their brothers in Judea and put together a gift which they sent to the elders of the Jerusalem church.
  • 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. The Corinthian and Galatian churches were instructed to set aside a sum of money once a week in keeping with their income, that could be saved and sent to Jerusalem.
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5. The Macedonian churches although extremely poor were able to give beyond their ability, first giving themselves to the Lord.
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