Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 20 February 2019

Offering

“Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts” (Psalms 96:7-8).

Today’s Morsel:  I love watching little children during offering time at church when they have an offering to give.  It’s as though they can’t wait to put their offering in the plate or offering bag.  When I first became pastor here, we had a little girl come to church for the first time with her grandma and Daddy.  When offering time came, and I explained briefly that it was time to give our tithes and offerings to Jesus, she turned to her Daddy and said, "Dad, I need some offering, Jesus needs some money.”    Unfortunately, she meant me - she mistakenly thought I was Jesus. (humor)  Jesus said except we are converted and become as a child we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.  Shouldn’t there be joy within us when it comes to giving to God and His kingdom. Shouldn't we be excited about another opportunity to give back to Him a portion of that which He has supplied to us?  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering” (Exodus 25:1-2)By this scripture passage, we learn that whatever we do for the worship and service of God, we should do it freely, cheerfully, and cordially; for God loves a cheerful giver. If we don’t give our offering willingly, then Jesus doesn’t want it.  

Sing: Give and it shall be given, good measure pressed down shaken together and running over. Give and it shall be given, when you give you give to the Lord.

Thought For Today:  Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


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