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A Worship Service ‘Dance’

One of the things that may initially be hard to pick up on is when you hear the footsteps of people coming down the aisle to collect the offering every Sunday is that a ‘dance’ is about to occur, but not the kind of dance you might imagine. The movement is between God’s truth and your heart. Here are some of the steps involved:

  • God’s owns everything; even me. Psalm 24:1 makes a huge statement: “The LORD owns the earth and all it contains, the world and all who live in it.” So by virtue of the fact that God made you and created you with skills to work or blessed your family with both skills and finances, you and “your” money still belong to him. How are you going to manage God’s money? Think of it as giving back to God what already is his. You’re just his manager, not the owner.
  • Jesus Christ is the example of generosity to follow. When Jesus started off his “career,” he basically had the shirt on his back. He died poor and naked. If had a high net worth, you wouldn’t likely cash it all in to go live on the streets. That’s essentially what Christ did. Sacrifice is his heart. 2 Corinthians 8:9 states, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
  • Offerings are simply a time of joy to glorify God by responding to his grace to you. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” So, if you’re not used to giving regularly to the Lord and his church, try this: Start small; be consistent. Decide whether you’re going to spread your contributions weekly, by paycheck, monthly, quarterly, etc. You can always go back to the drawing board. Pray for God to take care of your spirit. And you.

Finally, check out what the Bible says in Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 9:3-12; 16:1-2; Ephesians 4:7; and, Philippians 4:18. Then, maybe read Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle.

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Viewing our Money Christianly

I caught myself thinking recently: “I wish I were rich so I could give most of it away.” Hopefully, this mindset is a response to the kind of generosity lavished upon me by God through his Son. The one flaw in my thought, however, was this: ‘who says you have to be rich to give your stuff away’? By global standards, we’re amongst the more wealthy in the world. Two Scriptural examples of generosity with money stunningly are poor people. Luke 21:1-4 is the first:

“[Jesus] looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins. “I tell you the truth,” He said. “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in
all she had to live on.”

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 is the second example:
“We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia: During a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity. I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability, they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints...”

God’s generosity in the gospel to me through Christ ought to motivate me to be generous with my resources. I just finished Randy Alcorn’s short book The Treasure Principle, and it has excited me about becoming a more generous giver to God’s work
and the needy. Here are the six “Treasure Principle Keys” that Alcorn sets forth:
1) God owns everything. I’m his money manager.
2) My heart always goes where I put God’s money.
3) Heaven, not earth, is my home.
4) I should live not for the dot but for the line. From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven.
5) Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
6) God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.

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