Financial Worship - Friday, November 29th 2013
"On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem."
Many of us don't think about giving as a form of worship. After all, worship happens at church and involves songs, lyrics and the raising of hands... right? Yes, that is true, but worship is more than just singing praises to God. Worship, at its root, is giving up of 'self' for God. In scripture, the first statement of the word 'worship' in the Bible comes from the mouth of Abraham as he prepares to sacrifice His own son in obedience to God. Worship is sacrifice and when we give our money to the Lord, we are worshipping Him with our finances.
But wait, there's more...
Often when we worship in church, we are blessed by the experience and yet when we give of our finances, the blessings are compounded. Think about it. When you give to your church, you allow more people to hear the Gospel. When you support a ministry, you allow more new believers to receive materials to grow in Christ. As you invest in eternal things with your money, you receive eternal rewards and forever change the course of someone's life. Worshipping God with your finances is not only a step of obedience but a conduit for God's blessings in your life and the lives of countless others.
Acts 20:35 "And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" NKJV
Life Lesson: A part of our worship of God is giving financially.
Thank You for the way that you provide for my needs. Lord, help me to have a generous heart towards my church and towards others. Give me an eternal perspective so that I am investing in eternal rewards. Lord, use the money I give to impact lives forever. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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