Giving and CommitmentDecember 1, 2019 2023-04-05 19:12
Giving and Commitment
Giving and Commitment
Giving to God is a significant sign of our commitment to Christ. Our willingness to give back some of what we own is a strong indicator of spiritual health.17 A Christian who is not giving is probably not growing. Stewardship helps a Christian grow. When a Christian is giving to the Lord, then he is exhibiting stewardship. A lot of Christians are embarrassed or timid to talk about money. They view their finances to be a private matter, and it’s none of the church’s business. A person who wants to hear the Word would hear a sermon on giving because finances is an important biblical theme. There are more than 400 Bible passages that talk specifically about money, and a lot more that cover principles for Christian stewardship. Exodus 25 is one of those passages. The instructions God gave talks about the Christian’s duty to give our best to God — from each of our hearts — for His holy work.
An offering is something we can give to God. Again, God owns everything. God does not need your offering to fund His work. However, He is giving you an open door to participate, to contribute, and to take part in His great work on earth. Do you choose to participate and to obey God?
According to Exodus 25, “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering’ ” (Exo. 25:1, 2a). The people were not giving to make Moses rich. Instead, it was an act of holy worship. Whatever the people brought was intended to bring glory to God.
Christians speak about giving “to the church”. It makes sense to them, because the money physically goes to the church. It does in the offering box during the collection time. When we write a check, we make it out in the church’s name. Nonetheless, this is an extremely limited perception of obeying the call to give. The offering is collected as part of the worship service because giving is an act of worship.
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