Dear Tabernacle Family,
I hope you have been encouraged by your reading of Robert Morris’ best-selling book, The Blessed Life. I have been challenged again regarding the stewardship of my finances, wanting to show myself faithful with what God entrusts to me, knowing it is the key to my receiving the true riches of The Kingdom! (See. Luke 16:11).
As you know, a most important time in each of our services is when we present our tithes and offerings to the Lord. Each time a believer gives to the Lord, our gifts are expressed in three dimensions or time-zones: the past, the present, and the future.
Every offering expresses gratitude for what God has done in the past.
2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, though he was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Our tithes and offerings reflect our gratitude for the grace and mercy of God that allows us to be transformed from spiritual poverty to a life of true prosperity. When we give to God, it’s not out of pressure, but out of appreciation for what He has done for us in the past.
Every offering allows the believer to prioritize the present.
Jesus declared in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” It’s obvious that God doesn’t need our money. Instead, we need to analyze what we’re doing with our money and giving allows us to prioritize our present by making sure we are putting God first in our lives.
Every offering plants a seed for the future.
In 2 Corinthians 9:6 Paul writes, “Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Sowing and reaping don’t happen on the same day or even in the same season; but each seed planted today insures a harvest tomorrow. As you give today, you’re not only investing in the future of the Kingdom, but in your own future as well.
While “The Blessed Life” involves far more than money, it does include this pivotal area of everyday living. As you give today or in the future, recognize your offerings are spanning three time-zones, including a past that has been redeemed, a present that makes sense, and a future that is secure. I pray you’ll have a great day and enjoy The Blessed Life!
Pastor Jim Ruddy