Friday, September 13, 2019

What's Your Wealth?

13 September

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.   (Pr 3:9–10; NIV)

Over the years, I have met many wonderful followers of Christ who look at verses like this and read them differently than I do.  I read the first part of this passage as saying we should honor God with our income and talents.  I believe "wealth" is not just money but includes all those gifts the Father has given us which include; teaching, speaking in public, hospitality, prayer warrior, play a musical instrument, and the list goes on.  All of these are part of our wealth.  The rest of the passage makes perfect sense; if we honor him with our wealth, he will continue to honor us, not just a little bit, but with an abundance.

This is how many of those followers of Christ read that first part.  I will honor the Lord by giving him a portion of the talent he has given me.  Don't get me wrong, we should give back and use the talents he has given us, but the other part of that wealth IS the monetary part.  It is hard to send people out into the world to proclaim the gospel without the finances to do so.  It is hard to help the poor and provide for the elderly and young when we do not have the resources to do so. 

Many years ago, before I got into full-time ministry, we were attending a church where the piano player made it public that she gave a tithe, not of money, but of her talent of playing the piano.  The passage says with your wealth, your talents, and finances, we are to honor God.  It takes both to reach our world for Christ.  So let's honor the Lord with our wealth, both finances and talents, and just watch how he will increase them even more.

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