Honor the Lord with Wealth

Proverbs 3:9-10 (KJV)

Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV)

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.

Money. Money. Money. I’ve always thought of money as a nice gift but nothing I’ve ever wanted. When ever I have more than I need, I’d either spend it all, or give it away. After much thought, that isn’t very wise. Money is a gift from the Lord, a gift that should be taken more seriously. We often spend our money just as fast, if not faster than we are getting it. Spending it away on earthly possessions, things we “need,” things we will only use once, things we will never use, and etc. When looking at Matthew 25:14-30 I have a hard time looking at money as something that doesn’t matter. Everything we do, we should do for the Lord, we can all agree with this right? The same is true with our money. In the Matthew parable Jesus is telling us to invest our talents, our gifts, our money, so that it may grow. In the parable the man who does nothing with his money gets it taken away from him, and gives it to the man with 10 talents.

Why make ourselves rich with money? Jesus warns us that it is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into Heaven. Truth is, it’s not about being rich. It is about having enough money to give yourself finical security, it’s about having enough money to give to those who are dedicating their lives to the ministry, it’s about not having to owe anyone a doubt (we will discuss this one further into Proverbs), it’s about being free from the World and able to serve the Lord fully, and it’s about trusting in the Lord by working hard towards success.

Having money is not about being better than everyone else, it’s simply about working hard enough to sustain yourself and those in need. It’s about not being lazy which we are warned against in the Bible. In the end, it is about honoring the Lord with your wealth. With all that we earn because of God’s great work, we should, with great joy, give back to Him who helped us along the way. In doing this He will reward us all the more, like He did with Job.

We are given more than we need, not to waste away, but to use it to work harder and to put yourself in a better position to serve the Lord!

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11 thoughts on “Honor the Lord with Wealth

  1. Awesome post! Thank God we don’t need to focus on things that give us the perception of pleasure, like money. I’m working on a similar post on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. Check it out tomorrow!

    God bless,
    Brian

  2. Great post! Wealth in and of itself is not a bad thing. Money makes it possible for us to utilize one way to be charitable to others. Yes, wealth can be squandered but it can also be used wisely. We must look at the person and not how much wealth they have. As long as the person is serving the Lord there is nothing wrong with being wealthy.

    1. Thanks, and your exactly right! Wealth is like any other gift from the Lord, it does no good if you keep it to yourself. We must work hard at improving our gifts and than using them for the better ment of His kingdom.

      God Bless,
      Joshua J. Huffman

  3. Very nice post Joshua. Money in itself is not bad, it is when people “love money”…then it becomes an idol. God gives to each of us what He knows He can entrust us with. If He gives us much—then He expects much from us.
    Have a blessed week 🙂

    1. Thank you! And I agree with what you have said. It’s the love of money that is bad, not money itself. “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

      Thanks, and you to! God Bless,
      Joshua J. Huffman

  4. We spoke about this same topic this morning on our Sel BBM group. Funny how people never want to pay their tithes because they think the church isn’t using it wisely . but above mentioned scripture says that we should give unto God…it does not say give to your church. So what ever the church does with your money is their problem. You gave to God in your heart. Thanks for the post Joshua! Be Blessed.

    1. To those that don’t pay their tithes because they think the church isn’t using it wisely, I could say a few things to. Like if you don’t think they are using it wisely, than don’t complain about it, join the board and fix it! Or just have faith the Lord is going to use it appropriately. But I won’t say such things to them, because the true problem is that they are tied to closely to their money and can’t let go of it. I know this, because I was guilty of this. God wants us to be cheerful givers, not to be worried about the details.

      Thanks for the comment! God Bless!
      Joshua J. Huffman

      1. You guys make great points! After all, we are justified by our faith! People just can’t focus on faith because their material lives get in the way. I guess I am guilty of that at times. We all are. However… I know beyond a doubt that if we give for the right reasons, God will bless it!

        -Brian

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