John 3:16 NLT, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Ephesians 5:25, “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.”
What did God do to show His love? He gave. How did He say husbands are to show love? To give. I believe that the only way to receive from God is to give. The Bible shows us that in order to receive, you must give. To have a harvest, you must first plant, that is giving to the soil a seed. The larger the harvest, the more planting must be done. When fall comes, if we are not happy with our harvest, it’s because we didn’t plant enough or we didn’t tend the garden to assist with the growth.
So many of us plant our offerings in church but refuse to tend the church, then become critical of how the church looks or is run. We’re all about outcome, with no investment. That’s not right! You can’t throw money at something and walk away! You must step in and help with the vision. We’ve become an ‘entitled’ group of people, haven’t we. I want, I need, I want, I need! We wouldn’t expect to draw a paycheck from our job if we didn’t ‘work’ there. No worky, no money! Yet we do this with the church and think it’s ok. It’s not!
God said we are to put Him and His house first, not last. If you live in a big, beautiful home and the house of the Lord is in shambles, that’s not giving, that’s hoarding. Solomon understood this and because his heart was on God’s house first, God made him the wealthiest and wisest man to ever live. We need to get our priorities straight and ask God, “What can I do for you this week?” Call and meet with your pastor and ask him what you can do to help in the church. Commit to serving for a year and see what it does to your vision and your harvest.
Father, nothing is more important to me than You. My heart belongs to You. My family belongs to You. My money belongs to You. My time belongs to You. All that I have is Yours, Lord. If You showed Your love by giving, than allow me to show mine by giving as well. I won’t just throw money in the offering plate, hoping that appeases You. No, I will worship You with all my heart, soul and strength. I will keep Your Word and I will help the Pastor carry out the vision You have given Him for our city. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. It’s in the name of the Son You gave to show Your love for me that I pray. Amen