Day 21 - Kingdom Quality Giving | Our King and the Kingdom of God 21-Day Devotional

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:9, Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

This is one of our favorite Scriptures to motivate people to give money to the Lord through our ministries and local churches. It is appropriate for that purpose, but there is much more to it.

It is actually a Scripture that addresses the quality of our giving that leads to the quality of our harvest of blessings. Jesus said it this way, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)

These Scriptures seem to focus only on the amount given, but the quality of giving is more important than the amount. For example, if a person is complaining while giving a large amount, it is neither the “best part” nor a “good measure.” While the church that receives the offering will certainly be glad to receive it, the giver may not receive a full return. In other words, an unwilling giver might receive “wine” (some provision), but not receive “good wine” (maximum or strategic provision).

The person who offers their “best part” and “good measure” taps into the resources and blessings of the Kingdom of God in a special way. 

For example, the best part of our financial offering comes before paying taxes and bills. Giving left over offerings after taxes and bills is far from the best part.  The key words in this text are “Honor the Lord.” The word honor literally means “a valuing.” It is a picture of offering something valuable, precious or weighty, to God. Other definitions of honor include: appreciation, esteem, favorable regard, respect.

Much more than an amount of money we give to the Lord is the value, esteem, respect, you have towards God when giving it. We receive blessing from giving Him our “best part” and “good measure.” It is not a transactional exchange. It is relational.
Reflection Question: 
 What are 1-2 examples of your “best part” that should be given to God?

Today’s action item based on insight: