Giving is the fifth of the five acts of worship covered over the last four weeks. This is often a topic that is avoided or looked upon with great skepticism. The main reason is that often we do not want to hear about it because we forget the importance of it. Like all of the acts of worship, we do it because we are commanded to do so. Paul wrote,
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.” 1 Cor. 16:1-2
From this passage, we see that the collection was to be taken regularly on the first day of every week. It was to be something which each saint had planned for; that which is put aside and saved. We are to give proportionately; that is as each may prosper. Our giving should keep up with our income and moreover our hearts desire to share in that aspect.
Our motive must always be thanksgiving and to practice obedience. The Christian must remember that we are but stewards of the blessings which God has given us. If we do not give as God commands, we neglect His Word and fail to worship as He has prescribed. Our worship includes singing, prayer, the Lord’s supper, teaching/preaching, and giving. Let us worship God in Spirit and Truth each and every Lord’s Day.
Grace and Peace,