Nehemiah 10:36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God: 37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. 38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
In the house of God was a treasure house which contained the many different contributions, firstfruits, tithes and offerings. This was to foreshadow an important principle, their heart was in the house of God, because their treasures were there.
Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Christ taught us to lay our treasures in heaven … by giving and investing in kingdom causes, then our heart and thoughts will also be on heavenly matters. But when our treasures are in the New York Stock Exchange, we will spend more time thinking and worrying about New York and the value of investments there.
Heaven is a real place, and the kingdom of God is a real kingdom …when we give sacrificially time, money, substance, talents …giving our very best to kingdom causes, we will without effort be kingdom minded even though we have businesses and roles in the market place or in government. Ask yourself. Is my best and first given to kingdom causes? If not, then you can adjust.
Verses for further meditation
Proverbs 15:6; Isaiah 33:6
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Where are most of my treasures stored?
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, lead me to adjust financial priorities. Amen
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