Giving As An Act Of Worship (1 of 5) by Jeff Strite
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Series: Giving To God
OPEN: In 21ST Century Christian Magazine a mother told this story:
Our 3 year old daughter was in the habit of giving half of her 2 quarter allowance to God each week. One Sunday we were out of town, so the next Sunday, we gave her an extra quarter to teach her about "making up" our giving when we miss.
She said, "Oh, good, I'll give one for God and one for Jesus."
We thought that was cute and didn't think more about it until the following Sunday. When it was back to the regular allowance and she had only one quarter for the contribution, she started crying. We asked her what was wrong and she said, "Where's the quarter for Jesus?"
Needless to say, she got an immediate raise in her allowance! We are waiting to see what happens when she finds out about the Holy Spirit.
APPLY: That family was faithfully teaching their daughter a great truth: that giving was an act of worship.
And that was what Solomon was teaching his son.
Look at Proverbs 3:5-10 again:
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
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."
Notice the words Solomon uses:
• "in all your ways acknowledge him"(vs. 6)
• "Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops"(vs. 9)
• "Trust in the LORD" (vs. 5)
In other words, what Solomon was teaching his son that, in his worship, his financial gifts to God were the way he:
I. We're going to start with this idea of "acknowledging God" in our giving
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