God should never be an afterthought regarding our finances and possessions. Learn from God’s Word what it means to honor Him with all that He has given to you.
A clear indication of the level of my surrender is how defensive I get when someone mentions finances.
Our Responsibility (3:9)
- We must realize that every spending decision has spiritual implications.
- To honor the LORD with our wealth means that we give precedence to His priorities.
- We will never please the God who gave His all if we only offer Him what is left.
God’s Promise (3:10)
- If we value God enough to give generously, He is trustworthy enough to provide faithfully.
- No matter how much we give, we will never outgive God.
- The sacrifices we invest will never compare to the blessings He overflows.
Financial Advice (8 Applications from Proverbs)
- Trust God for Your Needs – “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God” (Prov. 30:8-9).
- Work Hard for Your Family – “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame” (Prov. 10:4-5).
- Avoid Debt Where You Can – “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender” (Prov. 22:7).
- Be Aware of Your Finances – “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?” (Prov. 27:23-24).
- Save Money for Future Needs – “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it” (Prov. 21:20).
- Don’t Trust in Your Wealth – “A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination” (Prov. 18:11).
- Bless Others After Your Passing – “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous” (Prov. 13:22).
- Give Generously to Worthwhile Needs – “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and the one who waters will himself be watered” (Prov. 11:24-25).
Honoring God with your wealth is not about how much you have but what you do with it.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.