Hidden Nuggets Series #42 – “Honor the Lord with your possession, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9-10
I don’t understand it but a psychological thrill ride occurs when I slide a fork through the tip of a triangular shaped slice of pie. It’s as though I’m embarking on a slow, taste sensation journey, the first step of which is to destroy the perfectly symmetrical geometric figure.
When someone else takes the first bite, the whole pie eating experience is diminished. The rest of the piece doesn’t taste quite the same. When I’m polite enough to let this happen, I’m totally bored eating the rest of it. It’s as though my mind is saying, “Eh…it’s just pie.”
A part of me is happy for the person I gave that first bite to. I know they appreciate it. The look of pleasure on their face as the piece dissolves in their mouth gives that away.
Deep down, I’m envious and selfish. It was my pie after all. Shouldn’t I enjoy the pleasures of the first bite?
That’s right…it’s all about my needs.
How can I stop thinking like that?
By developing a plan to give as I go through life, starting with giving to God of my increase as the verse above instructs.
Yes, it would be great to have the whole pie to myself. I could satisfy many desires with it. However, I’d miss the joy of giving and seeing others experience pleasure based on my generosity.
Potential Benefits of Giving
And who knows? What if as I give more and more, I develop a spirit of thankfulness for what has been left over? After all, the rest of the pie is still pretty good and does help satisfy my hunger pains. Receiving 90% of the pie would still be very useful to meet my daily needs.
Furthermore, who can tell the benefits that might come back to me for being generous to someone else?
What if someone along the way to whom I give bakes me another whole pie? I would be getting back more than I gave out.
Perhaps I see how God is using my generosity and that brings some inner peace and humility.
The more peace and blessings I receive, the more likely my giving will increase over time.
So sacrificing that first bite of pie isn’t so bad after all. That’s what the Maker of the pie desires.
Is your budget allowing for giving? Do you give off the top, from the first of your monthly increase? Or do you wait until the end and give what is left over? What’s your favorite kind of pie?
Prior Post: The Fear of Spending Again Once the Debt Is Gone