Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

From a grateful heart

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1 Chronicles 29:14 - 15 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

There is something about this passage that is worth reflecting upon while putting into perspective one of the traditions that exist in the body of Christ the Church, this tradition is the act of giving unto the Lord or what we refer to as offering. 

In reflecting on this we do so by looking at the very same act in the scripture in order to get historical perspective, not stopping there, but also going forward by examining the motives that moved men and women to make offerings unto the Lord.

In the context of this passage, David was preparing resources that would be used by Solomon his son to build the temple which would be dedicated to the glory of God, he called it a house that God will dwell and abide in. The resources had to be sourced and paid for and the people moved by the examples set by their leaders gave generously to the cause, they gave to honour God. 

But we need to ask ourselves what inspired the act of giving, in doing so the following points came to the fore

1. First of all, they gave of their freewill, they were not coerced, cajoled or conned into giving. They gave towards what they saw was a noble project, doing so from a generous heart.

2. They gave as an act of appreciation to God. They recognised that all they have came from God, they recognised him as their Benevolent Provider, in giving they acknowledged his providence doing so with a humble and a grateful heart saying..all we have comes from you and we are just your servants.

3. They gave happily and cheerfully, this i must say goes together with the first point. A cheerful giving goes hand in hand with free offering. And this is the only form of offering that is acceptable before God.  One should never give an offering to the Lord if these two conditions 1 and 2 are not met, such offerings are not acceptable to God because they do not honour him in any way.

4. If building the temple was being done to honour God, being able to give presented to the individuals the opportunity to honour God in their own little way. Doing so through the offering unto him, their substances.

These are some of the point that motivate and drives the tradition of offering and giving in the Church, being done as an act of response by the people to their God, doing so to honour him for who he is and to appreciate him for what he has done and what in his faithfulness, he would continue to do. This example of giving so demonstrated was sacrificial offering in nature, one made freely from a grateful heart in order to honour God. This is what should drive every form of giving in the body of Christ.