It’s time to take up the offering, everyone knows that finances can be a difficult topic to speak about. When some people hear the word offering they think that the church is just about money, money, money. It is interesting to look at the relationship that Jesus had with money. As well as how frequently he spoke about money.
God sees the heart. To Him the motives behind what we are doing are as important as the act itself. God wants more than lip service, He wants your heart. When we take up an offering we first prepare the hearts of the people, as God values the reason why you do stuff.
Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” NKJV
We need to give, it’s a way of saying thank you to God for what He has given us. He sees our heart and our motives, and He wants more than just lip service.
Here is an example:
God loves a cheerful giver
- 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” NIV
- Sowing and reaping is a Biblical priciple. Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be generous. God loves a cheerful giver. Have you ever seen someone reluctantly pay a traffic fine? It’s money they did not want to spend. God does not want us to have that attitude when we give. Giving is because we are thankful for what God has done for us.
- If you can’t give generously, then this is something to pray about and work through.
Don’t talk too long when you take up the offering. You can put the bank account details on the overhead screen or in the weekly news pamplet. Some people don’t carry cash, others refuse to carry it. You need to allow people to give financially in a way that suits them. Don’t make it difficult for people who prefer one way or the other.
I have compiled an extensive list of information on finances from the Bible, which you can find here. It’s a database with everything you need to get started on talking to people about money. Remember that we are not here to force people to give, rather we need to remind them and instruct them on what the Bible tells us.