Leader to Leader, Stewardship

The Words of Jesus on Giving

January 21, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

As part of my devotional time this morning I used “Today’s Light” which helps me read through the Bible at least once every two years. Together with the suggested readings from Genesis and Psalms were these words from Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce, then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be filled with wine.” As the Word of God usually does, it got me to thinking and reflecting. Do I really believe this? Can all of these words really be trusted? Am I willing to put them into practice?

If we believe the Scripture is the Word of God and that He speaks to us through it, it’s probably to be expected that we should reflect upon its meaning for every area of our lives, including our giving (or if you prefer, our generosity).

About the time I think God ought to be at least a little bit proud of my “honoring him with my wealth,” He has a way of calling me together with his disciples in the temple and says, “See those rich people putting their gifts into the offering box? Hold on, now. See that poor widow over there? She is putting in only a couple pennies. No big deal, right? Wrong! Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. The wealthy have contributed out of their abundance, their affluence. She out of her poverty put in all that she has!”

And about the time that I like to pat myself on the back for always writing my “first” check to the church as my “firstfruits” offering, Jesus calls me up to the mountain where he is giving a long sermon and says, “When you give, especially to the needy, don’t toot your own horn. That’s what hypocrites do. When you give to the needy, just do it and be thankful to the Father that you are able to do so.”

So, let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly too!

John Kieschnick
Born in Walburg, Texas, the second youngest of nine children, John Kieschnick received a B.S. in Education from Concordia Teachers’ College, River Forest, Ill. Throughout his ministry, John has served on a variety of synodical boards and committees, both national and district (Texas). He has authored numerous stewardship Bible studies and programs.