What Happened to Our Checkbook?—1 Corinthians 16:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Acts 19:21-20:6, Romans 1:1-32

“I don’t understand, there should be more money than that; we haven’t even written our tithe check…”

That’s the way I felt a couple of weeks ago.  My husband and I had traveled for almost three weeks.  I hadn’t been home to reconcile our account.  I had been using the scientific approach of “guessimating.”

That is not normal for me.  Can I say Quicken®, categories, files, reports, etc.?  I’m one of those people.

The REAL problem wasn’t my lack of financial organization.  On second thought maybe that was part of the problem. 🙂

The real problem was the order in which we dispersed our money.

Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia.  On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once. —1 Corinthians 16:1-2

This isn’t some big theological essay on tithing (Malachi 3:10-12), it’s just something I’ve personally experienced.  I’ve been a tither my whole adult life.  Here’s what I know to be true:

EVERY TIME I have ever waited until last to pay my tithe, there was never enough left, but EVERY TIME I paid my tithe first, there was more money, it seemed to  s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

Why?

The principle of first-fruits…

God wants our best:

•         He wants our obedience

•          He wants our trust

•          He wants to provide us with a blanket of protection

In 1 Corinthians 16:2, Paul was reminding the Corinthians about first-fruits. There wasn’t a need for anymore to be said because the principle of first fruits was common knowledge, not only in Hebrew culture but in other cultures of that day…they just needed a reminder.

I guess those three weeks of traveling and not writing out our tithe first was our reminder…

Waiting to write out our tithe check until last is a bad idea.  I know this isn’t logical, but there is more money when we give God His first-fruits–our best.  No, it doesn’t make sense on paper, but we serve the one, true, living God who stands by his Word.

Oh, by-the-way, this works with your time and talents as well, but that’s another post!

Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. —Psalm 37:25

I can’t wait for our next pay-day.  I can’t wait to give God our best!

What have you experienced in giving God your best?

Heavenly Father, You’ve set a plan in place to bless your people.  Teach us, show us, reveal to us Your Best for us.  Help us to offer our BEST to You; You deserve it!  Help us to trust You and Your ways.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Additional Reading on First Fruits:

In the Hebrew Bible every firstborn, human or animal, belonged to the Lord (Ex 13:2), so the “firstfruits,” or initial yield of every crop, were set aside as a sacrificial offering (for example, Lev 2:9-14; Neh 10:35-37). God’s portion of the harvest was given to God up front, as it were. In the New Testament, “firstfruits” is used as a metaphor for something given in advance, anticipating a greater benefit or “harvest” to come. This can be the resurrection of Jesus anticipating the resurrection of believers (1 Cor 15:23), the Spirit as a gift from God pointing to future resurrection (Rom 8:23), the first converts in a particular region holding out the promise of more converts to come (Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:15) or reborn Christians offering hope for the rebirth of God’s creation (Jas 1:18).  Bible Gateway

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 2:1-4:25

2 Responses to “What Happened to Our Checkbook?—1 Corinthians 16:1-2”

  1. Minnie Coral. November 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Every time, EVERY TIME I have given to God first, there is always enough. Blessings. Minnie Coral.

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