“What do you give to someone who has everything they could ever want or need?”

August 31, 2018


“He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” (Deut. 26:9-10)

Last year I began the process of shopping for a gift for my father’s birthday.  I thought to myself, “What do you give someone who already has everything they want?”  So I asked him, “Daddy, what do you want for your birthday?”  With tears in his eyes he responded, “I have everything I want, mijo.”  Well, that didn’t help me much, especially since everyone in the family knows if you don’t get him a nice gift, he will never forget. :) Actually, the blessing for him was that someone was thinking about him.  We found the most beautiful pair of leather high-performance racing gloves for Papa.  He loves those gloves.  

Then, for Mother’s Day, I decided to do something similar for Mama.  The staple is usually a card, flowers, and a big hug and kiss.  This time, I went old school on her.  I placed a clean, crisp $100 bill into her card.  She saw it and cried.  Perplexed by her response, I asked her, “Why are you crying, Mama?”  She said, “Nobody has ever given me cash to do whatever I wanted” (except for Papa, of course).  

In the same way, God does not need anything from us.  He is the owner of cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10).  Gold and silver are nothing to him (Haggai 2:8).  Money has no value in heaven.  We cannot ascribe a numerical or quantitative value, not even a percentage to God and what He has done for us.  However, the tithe is a symbol, a perfect demonstrative which conveys our gift of worship (worth-ship) and obedience through a covenant relationship.  When we give the Lord His portion He knows that we are putting Him first in our lives.   

God First,
Pastor Josh

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