The Sacred Position (Deuteronomy 24-27)

 13 then you shall say before the Lord your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover, I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandment that you have commanded me. I have not transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.

There is no easy way to tell you what I need to tell you. As my grandmother used to say, “just say it straight out.” Brothers and sisters where you place your money reveals where your heart is. Jesus said it even better when He said, “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also,” Matthew 6:21.

As we follow along in our readings, we continue to read Moses instructions for the Hebrews in how they were to live before God, each other, and the world around them. Moses offers this wonderful way for the Hebrews to give thanks to God for all His blessings in their lives. Moses directs the people in harvest time to give a First-Fruit offering to God when their crops were harvested.

Now, you and I may not be farmers, but we are workers who receive crops (salaries) for our work. Moses directed the people to give to God the first tenth of what they received. I tried to picture the scene as they would come to the Tabernacle with their gifts to the Lord. They would place them before the Lord and then they would worship this God who had give them all that they had. Oh what a scene it must have been. Moses directed them to rejoice (have joy) in knowing they had this honor to give to God. I just realized that we need to read exactly what Moses said:

10 And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Lord, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. 11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.

Question: Have you experienced the joy of giving? If you have, you know that when you give to God your life is filled to a level of joy that cannot be matched by anything else. Those who give to God and His Work become generous givers whose lives are filled with gratitude and grace.

But those who end up allowing their gifts to God to be swept away with self-focused things find themselves sad when it comes to even the mention of the subject of giving. Such people have wasted the sacred portion that belongs to God.

Maybe you are asking, how much should I give to God’s work? Well, I known the base line is 10% of your gross income. But who in love with God wants to just give what is required. Sherry and I want to give more than God requires. We want to be gracious with the God who has been gracious with us.

This day ask the Lord two questions:

  1. What is my sacred portion?
  2. What am I doing with the other portions in my life?

Allow God to speak to your heart to love Him and to give to Him for His glory that changes you from a person who takes into a person who gives!!!

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