Now take note of the fact that the grain and the wine are products obtained through diligence. You therefore have some serious work to do. You must be smart at what you do. The text shows that God wants the best part of your produce so he is not expecting you to produce just anything. His blessing is released upon high grade, quality goods and services. Never forget that God has placed a demand on you to deliver the best of you in whatsoever you do.
While Proverbs 3:9-10 talks about honouring the Lord with our Substance, 1Corinthians 10:31 takes it further by requiring of us to do everything in honour to God: “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Do not do anything halfway or anyhow. If you are not doing your work with all diligence, it is time to change. Wisdom plays a principal role in the whole process. Proverbs 8 talks about wisdom and in the 18th verse, we are told that riches and honour and enduring wealth are products of wisdom. Smart living is for smart people!
Now, back to the initial point. With all the preceding explanation, you may have realized that it is unwise and unbiblical to go and “sow” your capital as a seed in church or to your pastor or to the poor in anticipation of multiple returns on what you have given. That is not the method God uses to prosper His children. It will actually help the church or pastor or the poor if you manage your capital in a viable business that creates financial pool by which you can offer constant support in the advancement of the work of God and other useful causes.
In 1789, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church preached an authentic sermon on “The Use of Money”. He focused on three main points: Gain all you can, save all you can and give all you can. We must not jump the gun. It is fruitfulness that is fundamental to financial prosperity, not giving.
Giving should be understood as the dutiful effect of fruitfulness and not the fundamental cause of it. Giving must follow and flow from a viable investment of the resources we have. Our generosity is commanded as a worshipful demonstration of gratitude to God for all He does for us and also as an expression of love to our neigbours. I want to state categorically that giving is not a supernatural jackpot! Again: Giving is not a supernatural jackpot!