Contemplative Offering

Offering:  An act of offering; That which has been offered; a sacrifice

I’ve been noticing that the time for offering at our church is sometimes seeming a bit chaotic.  It’s not supposed to be, but somehow, this time of sacrifice has become a little social.  Not that social is bad, but I’m wondering, shouldn’t this be a time of contemplation?

In the old testament, the types of sacrifices that God required of His people are spelled out;  Not only what the offering was to be, but how it was to be prepared, or how it was to be offered.  There were all kinds of offerings from those to reconcile with God over sin, to those of praise and worship of Him.  But those offerings were not what God wanted.  He doesn’t want the bull or the lamb.  Those days of sacrifice ended with the perfect sacrifice of His son, Jesus, on the cross.  Once for all.  So then, what is offering today?

The act of tithe is one of obedience to God.  It is a moment in time when each of us can pray or meditate on how the offering we bring each week can be best used to further the Kingdom of God here on earth.  Now, I’m not trying to get into a deliberation of whether one should tithe or not…that’s not what this is about.  It’s about HOW you bring your offering to God each week.  Do you simply toss it in the basket and forget it?  Do you pray about how it will be used?  Do you prayerfully thank God for the blessings He’s given you that allow you to put anything in that basket?

Luke 21:1As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3“I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

I don’t think she did this without thought, or without reverence to the act of offering.  I don’t think I will do it without thought or reverence to the offering either.

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