Offering

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Offering is a word and action that many of us would be familiar with. But what is offering and what does it do? It is a word that is often linked with giving. Yes, offering is giving, but not all giving is actually offering. The bible has much to say about offering. If you do a search of the New King James Bible (NKJ), the term offering occurs over 500 times! Offering is the way the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) live. Offering produces life. In fact, it is how all life is produced. Offering is love expressed. Offering is the economy of God. Offering is the act of a heart that is ‘seeking first the kingdom of God’. In all this, there has been a word that has really been speaking to me recently. Offering is how we obtain testimony before God. This means it is how we actually find out who we truly are and who we are not. It is how God ‘remembers’ us. God has put this desire in all mankind – the desire to know who we are and be remembered. We find this through offering. The first time the word ‘offering’ appears is in Genesis 4:3 where we read of 2 offerings; one brought by Cain and one by his brother Abel. These men were the first 2 sons of Adam and Eve. Gen 4:3-5 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. In this interaction we see that both Cain and Abel brought offering to God but for some reason God respected Abel’s offering and not Cain’s. In Hebrews we read this: Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice th... ... middle of paper ... ...rd was trying to tell me this. It was during this time I heard the word ‘seek first the kingdom’. As I heard this word, I cried out to God for the first time in my life to remember me. It was here I made a vow to the Lord in the faith that I would find remembrance. As I made this vow and fulfilled it, the Lord opened doors that I can truly say would not have been opened if I didn’t respond to the word to ‘seek first the kingdom’. Out of this time, the Lord blessed me financially, led me to buy a home and healed my anxious heart. It was here that I began to find testimony before God through offering. This is something I am still finding to this day. Be encouraged that as you seek first the kingdom and offer with a heart to know Him and His plan for your life you actually engage with God and He remembers you. You find your testimony and your name through offering.

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