The Offering as Worship

“Who then will offer willingly, consecrating themselves today to the Lord?” (1 Chronicles 29:5)

In this scripture King David is inviting the people to bring precious metals and jewels to contribute to the building of the temple. To David, the brining of these gifts was not just about the building up of the temple or the impact the temple would have on future generations, rather he wanted to make it clear that by offering these gifts the people were offering themselves to God. The people, not their gifts, were the true offering.

Giving to God

Stewardship is not just a way of life; it is a good way of life. In fact, for many, it is a way to a better life. Stewardship means belonging to God. It means allowing God to rule our lives, putting God in charge of everything, including our time and our money. Surrendering control does not come easily to any of us. But God is good at ruling people’s lives. If we really do belong to God and if we really do put God in charge of everything, we will not be the worse for it.

A Season of Numbers

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

September is only a couple of days away and signals many things…vacation is over, children return to school, fall church programming kicks off, and congregations hear about Stewardship (hopefully not for the first time of the year). It’s a season of numbers! Sessions, Finance Committees, Stewardship and Generosity Teams, Pastors and members of the congregations look at all kinds of statistics: