I heard about an old farmer who was very stingy. One day he said to his pastor, “You know, I just had two calves that were born, and I’ve decided to give one of them to the Lord.”
“Oh?” the pastor said, “Which one?”
“I haven’t decided yet.”
A week passed, and one of the calves got very sick and died. The next day, the farmer came to the pastor with the dead calf draped over his arms and said, “I have bad news. The Lord’s calf just died.”
That’s what we often do. We give our leftovers to God. If Jesus Christ showed up at your house today for lunch, would you give Him leftovers? I think you would make a feast fit for a king, just like Martha did when Jesus arrived at her home.
We should give our very best to God, but often we give him second best. We know we should pray and read the Bible, but we think, “I’ll get to that eventually.” We know we should give of our finances to the Lord, but we say, “I don’t have any money left.”
The Bible says “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase” (Proverbs 3:9 NKJV). Put God first, and He will bless you.
Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). What did Jesus mean by “all these things”? He was referring to what you will eat, what you will drink, and what you will wear. Put God first in your marriage, and watch how it changes. Put God first in your finances, and watch how they’ll change. Put God first. Give Him the best. He gave His best to you.