Posts Tagged ‘offerings’

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The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭29‬:‭9‬ NLT)

As of December 31st, the homeless shelter of Caring Ministries in Ft. Morgan, CO, will close its doors due to lack of funding. The same has already happened to the shelter at the Opportunity Shelter in Jackson, MS. In fact, some 4,000 churches a year close their doors for the last time in America, with financial shortfalls being cited as the one of the chief culprits! And of the 1,000 that start up each year, only 20% will still be open in 5 years, largely because of the same issue.

In our text, we see a people who are excited to honor God with their giving to fund ministry and church construction. Because they willfully and faithfully gave, God gave abundant blessings to the people of Israel. But where giving dries up, so does blessing, even making way for suffering due to unfaithfulness to God’s commands. (Please read Malachi 3:8-12 for God’s take on this)

While there is bad stewardship in certain examples of ministry executives mishandling money and over-the-top salaries, this is by far a minority issue. Be faithful to give as God instructs you because souls are counting on it! Your giving to God’s work still changes lives! You are loved today!

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Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (Genesis 4:2 NKJV)

There is a faulty notion that I’ve heard before, that behind the Cain-Abel conflict was that Cain’s offering was rejected by God because it was of plants, that God desired a blood sacrifice from among the sheep instead. This, however, is wrong. Cain’s sacrifice was not accepted because it was not the best from among his produce, he was keeping that for himself, while his brother gave his best lamb to God.

What God desires from you is not the leftovers of your time, offerings, or effort. God gives you His very best, and then desires to receive that from you. Selfishness is the same root that we suffer from today as in Cain’s day.

Do you give God your very best? God’s not content with the scraps of effort we throw Him, even if we are content to give it. Unworthy sacrifices are not met with choice blessings, but with rejection. Instead of getting mad at God for lack of blessing, begin searching yourself; we are always the root of the problem. Give God your best, knowing He gives it in return! You are loved today!

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