Life As An Offering
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23-24
One of the fallacies and failures of our culture is that we often interpret offerings as something financial. You know, it’s the giving of our tithes and offerings. Most of us no longer complete an envelope and place our offerings in a basket as it comes down our row. We simply go to an app and give our offerings electronically. But, again, the point I want to make is that we limit the word offerings to the money we give to the church in the form of a tithe or offering.
In the Bible, however, offerings were not only financial; they were sacrificed so that God might receive the glory. The Apostle Paul saw himself as an offering. He said, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come (2 Timothy 2:4).” He saw his life as a gift for the benefit of others.
What if you changed ‘how’ you do life by making everything as an offering to the Lord? The phrase “as for the Lord” is offertorial and sacrificial language. Here is the point, when our “how” becomes an offering, it changes everything. What if, today, I began to see my marriage, parenting, preaching, teaching, pastoring, blogging, podcasting, my company or business as an offering to God? The truth is that everything we do is an offering, just as the giving of our finances.
It will change everything when you begin to see everything as an offering. Have you been a good steward of your finances? Have you been a good steward of your family? Have you been a good steward of your health? Have you been a good steward of your Christian commitment?
The question has been, “how do I change ‘how’ I go about doing life?” You simply change how you do marriage, parenting, preaching, pastoring, and life when you make it an offering. Because of how you did life today, will you hear God say to you tonight, “Well done good and faithful _____________.? He only says well done when we make our how an offering. And when it becomes an offering – you want to be good and faithful to what you are.