Saturday, October 4, 2014

Are Our Offerings Sacrificial?

Are our offerings sacrificial (Philippians 4:14-18). 

I just got off the phone with a telemarketer of what appears to be a great organization.  I completely agreed with the stand this organization takes, however I did not financially support their request.  They asked for $100 right off the bat.  I was take a little back by their boldness but still politely refused. More than once I expressed that the church will be my priority when it comes to sacrificial giving but they just didn't get it.  I eventually has to hang-up on the very nice but persistent lady.

I am reminded what Paul said in Philippians 4.

Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.  (NKJV)

Only the church in Philippi financially supported the Apostle Paul up to this point in his journey.  Were the other churches wrong in not sending Paul funds to support his mission?  Not necessarily.  The key to that question is in the verse that says "Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account." God asks us to be obedient in the areas he has called us to.  Our desire ultimately is to bring honor and glory to the Father.  Our obedience to His Will draws the attention to Him. Therefore, our obedience is the fruit that abounds to our account.

Are we to give to everything coming and going? No. Are we to give to God? Sacrificially! 

What is holding you back?


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