Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
God has blessed us with the gift of eternal life and we must use that life to exalt Him, glorify Him, which is to bring great joy and pleasure to Him. The word “substance” means “wealth or riches.” What He is telling us here is to honor the LORD with the wealth wherewith He has blessed us. In other words, we are to honor the LORD with our finances.
The firstfruits of our increase are the first percentage of our wealth. The first percentage of our wealth is the tithe according to Scripture. God gives you 100% and then commands you to give Him back 10% out of a heart of love and loyalty to Him. That means that if you are tithing the way the Lord commands, you are to give 10% of your gross earnings before Uncle Sam takes out his share for taxes. That is the firstfruits. Tithing on your net income is not honoring the LORD.
When you do tithe, do so without regret and never try to control what God does with what is given to Him. When you are obedient to the Lord, and you love Him as you should, you willingly give the tithe with joy in your heart. The Lord loves the cheerful giver.
It has been said that this is an Old Testament principle. But Christ criticized the Scribes and the Pharisees for being hypocrites. They paid tithe of spices they took from their gardens. But they left off good judgment, mercy, and faith. They were willing to do the external but left off the greater spiritual virtues of godliness, that were of greater importance. He told them that they should practice godliness and to NOT leave out paying the tithe. The tithe was important, but they should also have good judgment, mercy, and faith (Mat 23:23).
When we honor the Lord with the firstfruits of all our increase we can expect to be blessed. He gives us the analogy of a farmer: our barns will be filled with plenty, nothing lacking, and our presses shall overflow with new wine. Be sure that we cannot out give the Lord our God. All that you have comes from Him. He gives 100% and requires 10% to be given back as a show of appreciation. When we do it with the right motive we will be blessed; it is a promise. (By the way, the word translated as “new wine” simply means “the first squeezing of the grapes,” what we call “grape Juice.”)
A person who cannot give their finances to the Lord cannot honor the Lord with their life. If God gave you all that you have then it is only right that you give Him His due. Is He not worthy of all that you can give Him and more? Too many today claim to love the Lord with all their heart and will not let go of their finances to the Lord. The tighter you hold on to your finances the less God can bless them. He said that those who sow sparingly will also reap sparingly. That means that the less you are willing to give up TO the Lord the less He can bless you.Those who give up their finances to the Lord may not be rich by the world’s standards, but never do without.
The second mile Christian goes above and beyond to give to the Lord. They pay tithes, but are also quick to give to special offerings, such as building, Jubilee, bus ministry, youth ministry, etc. They will also be avid supporters of Faith Promise Missions. They truly honor the Lord with their finances. Our Father said, “Them that honor me will I honor,” (1 Sam 2:30). Love Him, go the second mile, and give to honor Him. –Preacher