Posted by: richardpowell2013 | December 23, 2013

Why We Give

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Do you ever wonder why we call it worship when we give our offering? Yeah..I think most of us understand we give back to the one who graciously blesses us every day, but do we understand the gravity and power of that act!
I did not fully understand until Carrie and I and our team were able to make a mission trip to Myanmar. It is located in Southeast Asia in between India and Thailand and south of China.
When the Burmese Christians come together weekly to worship, they took up an offering. Some could only give a handful of rice, which was all they had. They also missed work that day and had to depend on the church to feed them, because when they don’t work, they can’t afford to eat. So, a handful of rice is a lot to them. We ask Judah, the ministry leader, “Why take up an offering”? The answer was simple, “How can we deny them the opportunity to worship the King!”
It reminded of the account in Luke 7 where Jesus had dinner at an pharisee’s house and a sinful woman cried at the feet of Jesus. Then as the tears fell on His feet, she dried them with her hair. After that, she took all she processed, a jar of fine perfume and pour it on Jesus feet. The sinful woman was criticized for wasting perfume that she could of sold for a years wages. “Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:44-48 NIV)

Let’s remember it is not the gift that we are giving as much as the state of our heart when we are giving it.

Until next time…..

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Responses

  1. Yes! Such a good reminder! Thank you!

    • Thanks Kristy! I think when we give with less to give, it makes God smile. Merry Christmas!

      • I agree! Merry Christmas to you and Carrie! We love you guys!!

  2. We knew of a family in need, and it was brought up to our bible study group. We knew everyone was facing tough financial times, so we weren’t sure if anyone would respond. But, God’s people gave generously and went above what this family even needed. And their response was, “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve our brother and sister.” In our giving, God is glorified!


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