18th March 2015
‘On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income’ 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NIV)
Giving back to God is the heart of worship.
Give your offerings. What is an offering? An offering is an act of worship to God. It can be money, belongings or talents. In this case it was money. The money Paul is talking about in this verse was for an offering specifically taken to help the church in Jerusalem. An important function of the church is to help others who are needy. The church in Corinth was fulfilling its duty by taking this collection.
When we commit at an early age to give offerings, we learn to keep God first in our lives. A great act of submission to God is when we tithe the first ten percent of everything we earn and give it to the church for ministry. This is a guideline but we are all called to be intentional and generous – some can afford much more than 10%; others have to give more gradually, working towards 10%.
You may even wonder if you really make a difference by making the contribution if it’s not much money. Yes, you do make a difference, but the difference is not in the church as much as it is in your own life. Our obedience brings God’s blessing and He will grow us spiritually as we acknowledge everything we have comes from Him.
Question to Consider
What does my giving say about the direction and condition of my heart?
Pray that God will help you to always give to His kingdom with a generous and cheerful heart.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.