Saturday, January 21, 2012

The offering

   It is important when the plate is passed during the service that you put something in. You should give because you are part of that group. The ministry needs money to exist. The bills have to be paid. The place you meet in must be cleaned.. The minister must eat.
   God recommends that we give according to as He has prospered us that week. If we have prospered little, we can only give little. If we have prospered much, we should give much.
    God allows us to prosper by our labor. Even the poor man has something to give. There is n o cop out allowed. If we have recieved food by the poreaching of the word, we shoulod give back monetarily, if possible, in the plate.
     Jesus one day was sitting by the temple treasury. It was the storehouse for the needs of the people. He saw thr rich people drop a few coins into the offering box. They would never miss it. There was pleanty where that came from. And their motive could have been to look good before those who were watching.
     Then Jesus saw a poor widow drop in her few coins. She was not going to be able to duplicate these coins by working. Her motive was not to have people say how good she was and holy. She wanted to honor God by giving to support His work which at that time was done in the temple. Just as today God's work is being done in Church.
       "Bring the full tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. And test me now in this," says the Lord Of Host, "If I will not for you open the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing that will overflow." Micah 3:10

      Jesus commended the widow for giving. he didn't commend the rich people who gave. Why? Motive is the answer.
God's storehouse today

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