Free Will

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We must never misuse the offerings of God's people for our own purposes.

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 22

 Key Verse: Leviticus 22:19

…you shall offer of your own free will a male without blemish from the cattle, from the sheep, or from the goats.

This reading begins with the requirement for the priests to separate themselves from the holy things. These were made from the offerings of silver and gold given by the people to God. When the gifts of God’s people are placed for service in our hands, we must be very circumspect in the way these gifts are used. We must never misuse those offerings or use them for our own purposes. The New Testament teaches the priesthood of the believers (1 Peter 2:4-10). We, as believers, have a unique calling to represent others before God. We need to take this duty most seriously. Our key verse drives home the point that we must make our own offerings unto God, not just expect others to do this for us. In fact, we are to present our bodies “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord, You inspired me years ago to memorize Rom. 12:1-2. As I repeat those verses before You, I ask that I will not be conformed to this world, but be transformed for this new day, by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. I pray through the Person and work of Jesus, the One who got it right 100% of the time. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Whether in a local congregation or in the ministry of Crossroads, I refused to handle the offerings myself which were given by people to God’s work. I sought strong and upright people for the various Boards, and they, in turn, appointed treasurers whose duty it was to administer the offerings according to the budget. In 1978, I was interviewed live on Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC. The interviewer threw the charge at me of being wealthy from the offerings given to the ministry. I came prepared. I handed him my T4 slip (the official government income form). I said,  “I have the union booklet which determines what these fine camera operators here in your studio are paid. As you can see, I make less than they do.” He immediately changed the subject. I have sought, by the grace of God, to “have a good testimony among those who are outside” (1 Timothy 3:7a). I have had great examples from the Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 3:1-13) and from other great men and women of God in my generation.

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