Offering Your Gifts
Exodus 25:1-2 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution
We love, because He first loved us. I John 4:19
The Bible tells us that God, first.
God first created, God first loved, God first, forgave, God first...
Our hearts cannot truly and authentically be moved unless God first moves them through the Spirit of the living Christ. But OH, what a glorious promise and present and future reality! I have recently begun a new series of Sunday morning messages entitled, Giving Your Best to the Lord as a focus for our emphasis as a congregation on the subject of giving and stewardship.
When God told Moses to raise a contribution both monetary and material among the Israelites for the construction of the portable tabernacle that would accompany them through the desert, He said the true collection, the one that would make the difference, would be taken from those whose hearts moved them. When the Holy Spirit moves a heart captivated first by the love of God and sensitive to put God first in all things, including ones finances, then the blessings of God follow in His will and perfect way.
And the most important reason of all is, because He first loved me!
Seeking through the Holy Spirit to give my best to the One Who has given me His best in Christ,