“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“From the First of Your Dough You Shall Give to the Lord”
(Please read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
Did you know the title quotation is in the Bible? It’s in the New American Standard Version (Numbers 15:20). Makes you do a double-take, doesn’t it? Even though we know the Bible did not use 20th Century U.S. slang, it’s hard to read that without thinking about giving money to the Lord. So . . . let’s think about it.
The passage was written to the Israelites, who were commanded to bring first things to the Lord — firstborn sons, firstborn animals, the first bread (or dough), the first wool, and so on. They could redeem the sons and some of the animals but, even so, they still parted with something they owned.
We’re not so restricted in our offerings to the Lord, but we can be confused about our giving. Could it be that putting Christ first applies even to our incomes, and that we should set aside a portion off the top to give to his work?
As a simple solution, we might take as role models the Christians in Macedonia, who could take joy in giving liberally out of deep poverty because they first gave themselves to the Lord. Please let that be your goal today, and pray for His help in reaching it. Now would be a good time to sing “I Gave My Life for Thee” to put things into perspective. Have a good day!