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.