Spiritual Blessings Activate Material Blessings


If you give grudgingly, or reluctantly, you're better off keeping your money.

“For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” (Romans 15:26-27, NIV)

Paul makes it very clear. If you have received a spiritual blessing, you are obligated to share your material blessings. This verse provides the foundation and explains why many churches have changed the order of worship activities and collect the offering after the worship service. This practice allows for the spiritual and material exchange to be complete. The Holy Spirit can now minister to and lead the congregation in their giving. They’re no longer stuck in the routine or ritual practice of giving. I can personally attest to the impact of this approach on our giving.

Karen and I are faithful in our tithing. We always write out our tithe as soon as a check comes in. Many times, I’ve been led to give more to supplement my tithe as the Holy Spirit prompts my heart during the offering. At times, I have been called to give everything I had, to literally empty my pockets. I praise God that I was cheerfully and joyfully obedient. Paul illustrates a critical element in giving when he says, “they were pleased to give.”

Child of God, do you give with a joyful and willing heart? If you give grudgingly, or reluctantly, keep your money. I encourage you to look at your normal thoughts and habits regarding tithes and offerings. Has it become simply religious ritual? Is your heart and spirit fully engaged when you give? If you aren’t tithing regularly, I suggest you start today. If you don’t give offerings above your tithes, pray today and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and lead you. Decide today to get engaged in the spiritual and material blessings exchange.

Jesus, thank You for blessing me with a joyful and willing heart to give. I know that I can never out give You. Holy Spirit, help me remember that when I give with a cheerful heart, I honor God. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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