Giving as a Part of Worship
One final thought on worship this week. In the June New Horizons magazine there was a great article by Roger W. Schmurr entitled, “Is It Biblical to Tithe Online?” The author makes the case for Tithes and Offerings to be collected within the worship service, instead of online. With computers making most everything automated today, I myself don’t use checks all that much. However, in giving, I am blessed to write out a check or set aside cash to benefit the ministry of the Church, which in turn reminds me that God provides everything I have.
Giving is a part of our worship to God. God uses our giving to mold us and shape us in our faith. We acknowledge God’s ownership over all things by giving to Him a percentage of our income, and we praise Him in our giving as we are reminded of His providence.
We should never think that only some parts of the worship service are important, but others are not. God treats offerings as an important part of worship, as it is clearly expressed throughout the Scriptures.
Exodus 25:2, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.”
Exodus 35:5, “Take from among you a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze;”
1 Chronicles 16:29, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”
1 Corinthians 16:1-2, “Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.”
What a privilege and a blessing for us to give generously unto the Lord.
I hope you will enjoy the article by Pastor Schmurr. It is on pages 10 and 11 of the attached PDF of the June New Horizons.