Public Service Announcement: There is a little bit of satire in this devotion (ok a lot). I joke a bit here and genuinely don’t have a problem nor the money to spend on that many energy drinks, nor am I asking for money to do so lol. I actually cannot drink energy drinks due to my throat problems. I am unsure how my weirdness has not come through in my devotions before… You may never be the same… but here it is:
Proverbs 3:9Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Oh great, the pastor is talking about money *insert eye roll here* Well… yes and no. Do we believe you should give financially, yes… is that mainly what we care about? No. Let me get past that idea, please read it all lol. Here’s why:
Giving a portion of your income as an act of worship, showing appreciation to the Lord, is super important. It is important because MOST of us live our lives around money: we choose a job based on it’s income amount, we choose a house based upon how much we can afford, on a day to day basis we are looking at the cost of things and deciding if we want to buy that fifteenth energy drink today… I mean, not me. I don’t do that. *moonwalks away* My point is that you may not think money is an idol for you, but it does steer your ship one way or the other. In fact, when it comes to cost/worth this is the main thing you look at. SO God calls us to give our “first fruits” because it shifts our priorities back to the correct order. It is God who is providing for us, it is God who has given us the opportunities, and it is God we should be basing our worth in for everything. SOO I will give you a quick application for that and then talk about what I think we should really be applying this in. (be patient as we move past the money thing *screams and runs in circles*)
The cost of things is important when it comes to purchasing things but in the back of our mind we are evaluating the cost (of things we want) so that we have enough money left over to do the things we want. I think if we apply this deeper than tithing once a month and truly see the heart of God we could evaluate purchasing things in a way that leaves us with something left over to help others. Making sure we aren’t borderline broke so that when we hear about a need we are willing to give. Instead of spending $2500 a week on energy drinks and other dumb stuff, we could forego every other energy drink and intentionally set that money aside (we would have spent anyways on ourselves) and buy a drink for a kid when you’re at the store, put it towards the person behind you’s grocery bill. $5 towards someones bill may seem frivolous but there’s a story of a widow in Scripture that gave only her last measly amount, and it made waves. That’s how your act could be. Yeah, you didn’t pay for an entire turkey dinner… but your act of kindness 1)keeps you thinking of people and how to love them and 2)prompts someone to say, what and why are you doing this?
If God promises that if we honor God with our first fruits then our barns will be overflowing… well I don’t have a barn and that’s not fair, in fact I don’t have room for a barn in my yard… So He better not build one out there! Wait, I may have misinterpreted that… lets back up. If God promises that if we honor God with our first fruits then we will see it returned, maybe we should apply this in far more than just our finances? I mean, money is one thing and it clearly applies here but what about our talents/time/abilities? We often look at our talents or abilities and use them, for lack of a better word, for nothing… We have a musical talent so we learn some secular songs because they are fun and easy. We can draw so we doodle or draw meaningless pictures. We are welcoming people but… do nothing with it. ORRR we focus on everything else during the week so that really our talents or abilities are clouded with our tiredness or business. We WASTE our life “providing” financially and neglect the true purpose of our life.
God calls us to bring the first fruits… this is an act of worship because it is showing trust that BEFORE being exhausted (financially or physically) we are going to give to Him and trust He will provide on the other end. Let’s do this with our time and abilities (arguably more important than your money). In America it is easy to give up a few dollars here and there, I mean no one knows how much you waste on other things so no one is truly judging you… right? When it comes to time, how is that working for you? If I were able to peer into your life (and you into mine) are we giving God our BEST (this was a part of first fruits) or are we giving Him the leftovers, if there are any? If we were willing to give our first fruits of time to the Lord, would he restore our barns of energy? Is He able? Is God truly able to restore us and give us energy if we “waste” our best times on Him? Perhaps… Let’s not risk it and try. Let’s maintain what we’ve been doing because it’s working right?! Oh, wait… maybe not?
Spent 1 minute thanking the Lord for providing for you, both with your finances and your time. Then spend 2-3 minutes and ask Him, “What do you want me to give more of? Is it my time, my finances, my barns?! PLEASE DON’T TAKE MY BARN!” God may be showing you that your time is worth more than your money, God may be showing you that you have more money than time in a day… everyone has their purpose/place. Don’t hesitate to respond when He speaks 😛
Some of you/most of you will be asked to give time and money. The point of this devotion is: I need about $2500 a month for energy drinks, please give me money… lol not really. My point of this devotion is: don’t think because you give money that’s all you need/should be doing. Don’t think that just because you’re devoting your time that’s all you need/should be doing. What you SHOULD be doing is asking God to guide you moment by moment and changing as needed. You may find one day He guides you to buy a energy drink for someone… (me) another day you may find He guides you to spend time driving me to the store to get an energy drink because I’m to hyped up on energy to legally drive… I have a problem. Please re read the PSA at the top lol.