In my own church we do two significant financial offerings each year. We see our church as visionary and these offerings as spiritual moments that we share together as a family that can leave a legacy that can echo for generations to come. When it comes to finances, Jesus makes it very personal, and links it to our hearts.
Matt 6:24 (NKJV) “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon”
In other words, we can use our money to serve God, or our god will be money. We have a culture that is obsessed with stockpiling ‘stuff’. Nothing breaks the hold of ‘more, more, more’ than giving, and that’s why participating in offerings is so important. We were not put on this earth to amass treasures for ourselves but to let treasure pass through us and back to a greater purpose.
Remember this. Every time you give to God
- It creates an abundance mentality, and demonstrates that money does not have control over you
- It releases breakthrough (think of the five loaves and the widow with the small jar of oil)
- You sow seed for a harvest
- You resource the local church and the Kingdom of God