Honestly, since you became a Christian, have you ever given a continuous offering of a sum that will cause heavens doors to be open to you? Your answer maybe yes or no, depending on your disposition. The truth is that what we offer to our God as offering is often less than a tenth of the blessing that flows our way. Offering is a seed that shouldn’t be toyed around with, if our expectation is for a continuous harvest throughout our life time. Riches that springs out of offering is healthy to the body and nourishing to the soul. God Almighty confirms this in His word, Pr 10:22 “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
The story of Cain and Abel is a typical scenario of a good offering and a bad offering. Here were two brothers who decided to offer something to their creator, for the unmerited favour that brought them abundance from the earth. One had an attitude problem, because he gave not out of a grateful heart. 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… but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.” Have you ever asked yourself, has God accepted my offering? The offering that God accepts tends to provoke a release that become evidence and thereby give rise to a testimony. Your offering is supposed to speak for you in all situations. If you have ever given an offering that brought about a testimony within a short period, then hold on to that method of giving. It is the offering God accepts that bring forth results. Gen. 4: 4 “Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering…” Why does God accept some offerings and reject others? The answer is found in the following scripture; Gen. 4: 6 & 7 “ So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” When you give an offering is it from the heart or from the mind? An offering from the heart is a spiritual one and it reaches the throne of Grace expressly.
The angels of God are always standing by the offering tray watching the heart of the giver. Some offerings provoke instant answer, while others tarry for a while before answers are given. The measure in which you give is the measure you’ll get back. The offering of the mind is a carnal one; it does not go beyond the roof of the church. The quality of the offering alone will tell the receiver that it is a spur of the moment thing, and not from a heart of gratitude. Mal, 1: 8 “And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favourably?” Says the LORD of hosts.” The story has not changed since the day this statement was made by Almighty God, man is yet to come to terms with giving from the heart. We generally give the afters of our lives, those things that matter less to us. Giving should be based on love and not to satisfy one church tradition or another.
I remember some years ago, when I had to co-ordinate a humanitarian collection for a disaster in the West Indies, what people gave as clothing was fit for the dustbins. Our charity ends with those things that are packed away ready to be fired up! God want us to give a sacrificial offering to those ones in need. Take out of your abundance and buy new clothes and shoes and send to those who are daily crying to God for help. Yes, they may be the rejected of the world, but there are God’s children and He loves them very much. The same attitude we use in giving to others is what we bring into the House of God. Let’s give offering that is founded on true godly love and not on hypocrisy.
Excerpts from the book SOW & GROW RICH: The secret of sharing Your tithe for Prosperity by Phillips Eteng