Contribution -- If I Give...
A minister was asked to preach on Sunday for a church that had the reputation of being tight fisted when it came to financially supporting the works of the congregation. After the sermon, he passed his hat for the offering. It came back empty. Just to make sure, he tipped it upside down and shook it, but nothing came out. “Now let us give thanks,” he said to the curious congregation. They wondered what he could possibly give thanks about. “I thank Thee Lord,” prayed the minister, “That I got my hat back.”
Some churches sponsor raffles, and bake sales, and yard sales, and bingo, and other things to generate funds for the support of the churches work. But that’s not really true to the pattern of the early church. The money necessary to carry on the work of the church came from the pockets of the members -- period! 1 Cor. 16:2 says to Christians, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him...” It worked then, and where faithful Christians are involved, it will work now. --- Glen Colley.
If I Give:
Nothing:...I cast my ballot in favor of closing the church building and I discourage others.
Sparingly: I vote to close all the evangelical work. I refuse to obey God.
Grudgingly: I find no joy in giving. I will not receive the Lord’s blessings.
Proportionately: I shall be blessed in my giving whether it is small or it is great.
Systematically: I make it possible for the work of the Lord to be planned. I make it easier for myself to give.
Sacrificially: I worship God in my giving. I shall truly advance the cause of Christ. I shall encourage others to maintain a service of love and compassion. --- Author Unknown via Jim Sasser on Bible Matters.
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