“Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”
Proverbs 3:9 KJV
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;”
Proverbs 3:9 NIV
“Honour the LORD by giving him your money and the first part of all your crops.”
Proverbs 3:9 CEVUK
Did ya’ll set any financial goals this year?
Maybe you want to get out of debt. Maybe you want to earn more money so you can save for an emergency fund or start investing.
These are all worthy goals to set for the new year or any time). We are called to be good stewards with the money that God has given us.
I definitely want to achieve these goals myself. I’m currently on baby step 4 ( of Dave Ramsey fame) where I’m working toward saving 15% of my income towards retirement.
But the most important money goal that we can set as Christian women is found in Proverbs 3:9 which says: Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;”
This verse says to me that before I do anything else with my money, I need to be giving to the Lord. I shouldn’t just give whatever I have leftover.
I shouldn’t just give if I remember every now and then. I’m supposed to give to Him first before I pay my water or electric bill.
There’s just one problem with this. It’s scary to do this when you’re struggling just to get by. When you don’t even know how you will pay your light bill, you’re still supposed to give to God first.
And this is where trust and faith in the Lord come in.
We are supposed to have faith that God will supply our needs like Jesus promised in Matthew 6:25-34 when He told us not to worry about what we will eat or drink.
And I kind of don’t want to mention the next verse in Proverbs. (3:10).
Not because I think it’s an unimportant or invalid verse. It’s because this verse has been misused a lot in some circles (You can read my blog post about false teachers here.)
It says “Then you will have more grain and grapes than you will ever need.”
Do I think this is true? Yes, but the way I understand Proverbs is that they are a set of principles. They aren’t guarantees that will happen in every case.
We should do Proverbs 3:9 even if verse 10 never materializes and that is not easy to do.
So what can we do to make sure we always
give to God the first fruits?
1. Have your contribution deducted
The best way is to have money automatically debited from your bank account. This can be your contribution if your church has a program like that (our church calls it the ACH program).
2. You can also give to charities automatically.
There is World Bible School that preaches the gospel all over the world. You can have a certain amount of money automatically deducted from your account every month and given to this charity (they are an organization close to my heart so might as well use them as an example :)).
3. You can also give to a missionary.
It might be a local or international missionary. And you can find missionary organizations online that you can give to as well like Focus. You can give a recurring gift every month.
Perhaps you’ve noticed a theme but if not it’s about giving automatically. When you set up an automatic payment to further God’s kingdom, you ensure that you give no matter what.
That means, if you’re out of town on Sunday and you don’t make it to church, your contribution can still be used for the work there.
That means, that those missionaries know that they can count on that money every month and not worry about their “wages” being docked.
It’s really the best way to fulfill this particular scripture and it’s so cool that technology is here to make it happen.
Giving Your First Fruits Is Not Easy But You Can Do It!
I do want to acknowledge that giving your first fruits is not easy. You have to be willing to take a leap of faith and just believe that God will do what He says he will do which is provide for you.
You might be living paycheck to paycheck. You might be struggling with a mound of bills or drowning in debt.
I remember feeling anxious about increasing the amount of money that I give.
That anxiety can go haywire, even more, when it is taken out automatically because then you know it’s coming out no matter what.
It’s coming out whether or not you feel like you will be able to cover it or not. But God is so good.
Since, if been automatically giving to my church and different ministries, never once have I not been able to cover my bills and my charity too.
So if you feel anxiety about doing this, have faith, and take Him at His word. He may bless you more than you can ever imagine!
One last thing…I have a free financial stewardship goal tracker in my free resource library.
God has blessed us beyond all measure and it’s important that we use our money in a way that is glorifying to Him but sometimes it’s hard to know what we should do with our money or where we are in our financial stewardship journey.
With this Financial Stewardship Goals tracker, you can check off all of the financial goals you’ve already achieved and see what goals you need to work towards next.
It lists goals for getting out of debt, giving and saving money, and retirement.
Just click the link below to sign up and gain access to the Healthy Finances library
Inside the library, you’ll find your Financial Stewardship Goals checklist.
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