“Giving offerings to God is awesome!”
Why might someone think and believe that? Why should we think and believe that? I guess the first question to answer is, “What do we mean by ‘offerings?’”
Offerings aren’t restricted to just our treasures—our money. Offerings include our treasures, our time, our talents, and our temple (body) (Ps 90:12; Ecc 3:1; Rom 12:1; Rom 12:3–8; Gal 6:7–9; Col 3:23–24; Col 4:5; 1 Pet 4:10–11).
God works through all our offerings—our treasures, time, talents, and temple—for the good purpose of his will (Matt 5:16; John 15:5, 16; 1 Cor 12:4–6; 2 Cor 5:20; Eph 2:10; Phil 2:13). What is his will? Bringing his Word to all people for the salvation and hope found in Christ alone (Ezek 33:11; Matt 28:17–20; John 3:16–17; John 6:37–40; Col 4:3–4; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9). This is what our mission and ministry is about at St. John’s. This is what God is accomplishing through all our offerings—our treasures, time, talents, and temple. Because of this, our work and offerings are all acceptable in Christ (1 Pet 2:5).
It was once put this way: Giving offerings to God is like me taking my bucket of water—my treasures, time, talents, and temple—and joyfully throwing them back up God’s waterfall of blessings.
What we throw up to God in thanksgiving and praise (Ps 96:8; 1 Cor 10:31; Heb 13:15), he rains down back on us as an abundance of blessings (Prov 18:16; Mal 3:10; 2 Cor 9:8; Rom 8:32): Blessings we’re aware of and not aware of; Blessings that are expected and unexpected; Blessings that are immediate and still yet to come; Blessings we receive to put to work and receive to give to others. They are all blessings downpouring on us from our Heavenly Father (James 1:17–18) so he can continue his work to bring his Word to all people for the salvation and hope found in his Son alone, our Savior alone, Christ alone.
When we think about offerings in this way, well…we can’t help but think and believe, “Giving offerings to God is awesome!”
So, as we think about our offerings with our treasures—our money—what now?