Who Gets First Dibs?
Honor the Lord from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine. —Proverbs 3:9-10
Do you remember when we were kids and we worked on the “dibs” system? You may have called it something else, but the principle is the same. If you called first dibs, you got first choice of ice cream bar or first try on the new four-wheeler or whatever else.
Many people don’t recognize the hand of God and blessing upon their lives. They have an opportunity to honor God and give Him the first fruits, but instead they jealously guard what they have as their own possession, gained by their own merit. I know because I’ve done it.
Greed is one of the many things in this life that attempts to steer us. We like to think we’re in control, but the more we resist the rightful honoring of God, the more our wealth possesses us.
The temptation is to consume upon yourself, grow complacent to the needs of others, and do anything to keep what you have while trying to gain more.
This doesn’t only pertain to our money, of course. Are we giving God the first of our talents? Our gifts? Our abilities? Our family? Our relationships?
How do you know if you’re giving the first and best of what you have?
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; —1 John 3:21
We may have to deal with issues of entitlement or greed. On the other hand, we may have to deal with those feelings of condemnation or rejection. Either way, we can ask God to show us where we have dishonored Him and choose a different path by His grace.
It’s important for every believer. When you give what’s left over (if there is any left over), you show yourself untrustworthy for greater blessings. He doesn’t just want you to have something in your barn. He wants it filled with plenty so that you can show His compassion to a greater measure. He doesn’t just want your vats to have a little new wine. He wants them overflowing because He delights in you and wants you to have the greater influence that comes with His abundance.
Have you given God first dibs—the best and first fruits? How do you do that in the various areas of your life?
Another in a series of monthly posts where I go through Proverbs a verse or two at a time and share the whispers of the Holy Spirit to my heart (click here for more verse by verse posts).