Who’s First in Line?

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A little boy was given two nickels—one for the Lord on Sunday and one for some candy. He put the two nickels in his pocket and when out to play. When he came back inside, he reached deep into his pockets and found that one of the nickels was gone. “Oh, my,” he said, “I’ve lost the Lord’s nickel.”

Isn’t that the way it is with many of us? When we have all our needs and all our wants taken care of the Lord gets what’s left over. But think about it. Would God want leftovers? Will He be happy with scraps?

As children of God, we must learn to give the best and the first of all that we are and all we possess. When we determine how our hard-earned money will be spent, let’s figure the Lord’s portion first. When we set about to use our talents, let’s use them first for Him and to His glory. These things are gifts from Him to begin with! God desires and deserves the cream of our lives, not just a few drops of skimmed milk left over after the carton has been drained. Remember the words of Solomon, “Honor the Lord with thy substance and with the firstfruits of all thine increase” (Proverbs 3:9).

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