Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV
What does honoring the Lord with our possessions look like? When we look at what the Bible says there are many verses that pertain to this topic. So let’s begin:
- Matthew 6:19-21 talks about not storing up treasures on earth but in heaven. Things of this world will rot away or be stolen so why bother focusing on them. It seems to indicate our grasp should be on eternal things that will last forever.
- Matthew 6:24 clearly states we can’t serve two masters, both mammon and God. No matter how well we think we can handle it, we can’t love money and God. Our hearts aren’t big enough. We will end up loving one and hating the other.
- Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable of the talents used wisely. Those who multiplied the talents and gained more were praised, while the one servant who feared and hid the talent was cast into outer darkness. We are expected to use our resources for good and make wise decisions.
- Luke 12:16-21 talks about the rich man who built larger barns to hold his abundance only to find his soul was required that very night. This story helps us see how storing up for selfish gain doesn’t glorify God.
When dealing with possessions we must remember it is God who enables us to produce wealth in the first place. Therefore, we recognize God is in control rather than think we earned it all by our own hard work. Keeping God first in our thoughts will help us produce God-honoring actions.
So as Paul exhorts us in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 to keep our eyes on eternal things rather than temporary things, I believe this honors God. James 1:27 also says we are to keep ourselves from being corrupted by the world. This means we are to turn away from any worldly thing that draws us away from God.
Therefore, honoring the Lord with our possessions is about handling them with the proper mindset. It all comes from God. Things can not be our desire. Nor should the love of things control us. With our focus on and desire for the Lord, rather than our possessions we honor God by choosing Him instead of things of this world.
Lord thank you for your word, your spirit and your love. You empower us to stay clear of the worldly temptations. You always make a way of escape. Thank you for helping us honor God with our possessions. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.