Offering God The Wealth Of Our Hearts

February 26, 2013

Friends,
God’s Word teaches us to always put God first in our heart, to give Him our best, to offer ourselves to Him before giving to others or before taking for ourselves, to look to Him for our every need, and to seek His will and guidance in our every decision. In other words, God is to be the most important One in our lives, He is to be acknowledged in every detail, and He is to be obeyed continuously. If we do this, we will be incredibly blessed.

Prov. 3:9 tells us, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” Is it wheat and barley or bulls or rams which the Lord seeks? Is it money? Maybe, from some people. But what “wealth” and “firstfruits” do all of us who are born anew have available to us? Is it not words and love –two things which we can give unto God even while we go about our other tasks?

People do sometimes devote their time, energy, and money to God. They go to church to hear His Word or to sing loving praises to Him, they help out at a charity or go on a mission trip, or they give their tithes to their church. But time, energy, and money everyone may not have a wealth of.

However, there are two things that all of us who have the Spirit certainly have available within us at all times: Words and love. Combine these, and give them to the Lord with a pure, grateful heart, and He will be exceedingly pleased. In fact, the more loving and thankful words we offer to God, the more our hearts will swell with adoration and joy, and the more God will cover us with His forgiveness, songs of love, voice of instruction, protection, provision, and all sorts of other blessings. In this, we will learn to –and want to– walk in immediate obedience to Him, and one day we will find that we’ve actually become God’s friend. (John 15:14 // James 2:22-24) And there is nothing better than that!

Hosea 14:2 says, “Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.'” When we ask God to forgive us and cleanse us, He will do so (if we’ve asked with a truthful, genuine heart). But we are to then give back to Him. In this Hosea verse, that last line can be translated, “that we may offer our lips as sacrifices of bulls.” In the Old Testament times God did require such sacrifices, but even then He let it be known that obedience to Him is of much greater importance than such offerings (1 Sam. 15:22), and that so are songs of thanksgiving and praise. (Ps. 69:30,31)

It is actually our bodies which God wants offered to Him. (Rom. 12:1) And He wants holy bodies, living (not dead) sacrifices. (same verse) This is what is our spiritual worship and what is greatly pleasing to God. (same verse) The way this spells out is through our obedient acts, one area being done with our mouths. This is what Heb. 13:15 commands: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –the fruit of lips that confess His name.” This is the “firstfruits” we are to give to God, doing so at the beginning of every day and before all else we do. We are to offer it through the Spirit of Christ Himself, so that our worship is indeed done not in the flesh, but “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24) –which is the only kind of worship acceptable to our Heavenly Father. (v. 23, 24)

Thanking, praising, and adoring God is of top priority. It is a command we are to obey. All other acts of obedience and sacrifice are not wholly pleasing to God unless this one is obeyed: That of offering up to God the firstfruits of our lips that declare His mighty name.

Therefore, let us honor the Lord by giving unto Him from the wealth we have within our hearts of love.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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