“ Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes AND offerings. Malachi 3:8 (KJV)
A few Sundays ago I was sitting in church and what most people deem as the most tense ten minutes of service arrived. I filled out my envelope because I pay my tithes without incident but that offering part is where I get stuck. So many times we use the above verse to teach about tithing but the word AND let’s us know that not only are we required to tithe but we MUST give God an offering too. Giving to God isn’t my issue as much as “what shall I give.” Well God, I just gave you 10% of my money but let me see what I can spare on that offering piece.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:6-7 (NKJV)
In reality, I had this whole situation mixed up. You see, your tithes already belong to God. It’s not yours to begin with so He gives you the power of the honesty policy to return to Him what is already His; but your offering is how you truly show appreciation to God for His goodness to you. Your offering is your gift to God. When you give someone you love a gift, you want to impress them, use it to show how much you know about them, and show how much you care. You want them to be pleased. Is God pleased with your gift? I want my offering to make God smile.
While giving money is important to ensure there is meat in God’s storehouse and to make sure the church functions, you also give to God through your service to others, your work in His house and your devotion to Him. How is your offering measuring up?
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38 (NKJV)
Although God has already done enough for us, He lets us know that he blesses our gifts but he does assess them. Whatever criteria we use to give, He will use that same criteria when giving back to us. With that thought in mind, I know it’s time to step up my offering game because I have laid some major requests at God’s feet. I am expecting BIG things, what about you?
Thank You for teaching me the power of giving. Continue to groom me so that I give from my heart the types of gifts that You like to receive. Heavenly father, I want to impress You with my gifts and give without any reluctance. Let my offering to You truly express my appreciation to You and my faith in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
EMPOWER yourself by evaluating your offerings to God. Do you aim to please God when you give your offering or are you giving out of routine? If you are shaky about the present you should bring to God’s party (church, charity etc), call Him up and ask Him what He likes. EMPOWER yourself to give God your best!
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Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. This week she is leaning on Matthew 6:1-4 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”