Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first-fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

All that we have, need, and get are from the God.  From what we get, we should give a portion back to God.  God deserves what we give back to Him.  It is all God’s but God only wants our first-fruits, the best of what we have to offer.  God does not want our table scraps.  God only wants the best we can do.

Generosity is more than just giving money to people.  Generosity is giving time and effort as well.  When we give of our money, time or effort, this pleases the Lord.  God wants us to use our gifts that we have to bless others that are less fortunate than us.  Everyone can give to someone.  If not money, time.  If not time, efforts in other ways.  There are always ways to give to others.  If you are too busy to give, you are too busy.

There are so many causes to give to.  There are so many ways to give.  There are so many opportunities that present themselves.  God’s mission is huge.  God is everywhere and His work is everywhere.  From the mission field abroad to the mission field at home, money and effort is needed.  God wants us to help our neighbors.  Who is our neighbors?  Jesus says that everyone is our neighbor.  We need to help all that we can.

Why hoard your gifts?  Why hoard your money?  Why hoard your faith in Christ?  God’s Word needs to get out there.  God’s money (that God allows you to have) needs to get out there and do more.  There is no point to saving a ton of money when that money can go to helping others.  Every time that I have unclenched my purse strings, God has blessed me with more money than I thought I would get.  God has blessed me and my family with so much.  Share with the world what God has given you.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for showering us with Your blessings.  We have more than we need and should give back to those in need and first, give to You.  You know our wants and needs and meet our needs daily.  Help us to be more giving in our money and time to others that are not as well off as us.  We can help out where we are.  I pray that You will help us all to be more generous.  Help us have a giving heart.  We love You and need You so much.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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