A WORTHY OFFERING

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : THURSDAY 23 JUNE 2016
THEME : A WORTHY OFFERING
Memorise:
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Read : Luke 21:1-4
1 AND he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in
more than they all:
4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but
she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
Message
Out of her poverty, this widow gave all she had. Those who lack understanding
can never fathom why this woman had to give all she had. She did it because
she was grateful to God for the salvation of her soul. For all that must come to
Jesus, must express their appreciation for salvation of their souls. Those who
find it difficult to give a worthy offering to God are usually those who believe
that it is the effort if their hands that had earned them all that they have. But
this is not true because it is the blessing of the Lord that maketh rich and
addeth no sorrow. There are people who are so selfish, that they prefer to
consume their wealth upon their lusts rather than meet a desperate need even
when it is so glaring. The widow simply gave out her heart of gratitude for all
the Lord had done in her life. Every opportunity we have to give to God is an
opportunity to respond to the grace of God which is extended to us for our
enjoyment.
“Freely ye have received, free give” Mathew 10:8b
This is why am always uncomfortable whenever we are in a meeting and
someone is asked to coordinate the collection of the offering, and he is
spending so much time motivating the people to give. You lack the
understanding of the law of harvest if you have to be cajoled, begged,
motivated, and sermonized before you give to God. If you appreciate the grace
of God upon your life irrespective of what you may be going through, you will
realise that an opportunity to give us an opportunity to be blessed in return.
There should not be a reluctance or feeling of being compelled before we give
to God. Every time we give, what we give may leave our hands physically but it
doesn’t leave our lives.
If you want a breakthrough in your life, there is a commitment that must be
made on your part. There are many people who brings offerings before the
Almighty God, and not all of them are received by God. God reserves the right
to accept or reject your offerings. Can you imagine how it would feel if you
decide to give a gift to your father or mother and on getting there, you are told
to pocket your gift. This would cause you to feel bad and begin to ask for
mercy. If this can happen with your earthly parents, how much more your
Heavenly Father who is the source of blessings. If you are faithful in giving God
a worthy offering, you will never lack. Don’t just give because you are told to
give, give because you have an understanding about giving. Let Him know that
you aknowledge the fact that He is the source and sustainer of your life. As you
develop this attitude of gratitude, you will see new jobs, lucrative contracts, and
undeserved promotion coming your way.
Key Point:
Your Offering may leave your hand but it will never leave your life.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Acts 1-3 and Ecclesiastes 12:1-8
AUTHOR : Pst E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 2: O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED.
O Jesus, I have promised,
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.
Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.
Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.
O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
My Master and my Friend.
Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Savior and my Friend.

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