- I Chronicles 21:24 (NKJV)
Many people enter into their respective churches wanting to receive something. For some, they want to worship in a nice building. Others desire to have a certain type of worship music. Still for other people, they want an encouraging message. These things are good and fine but do many of us who attend church today enter into worship prepared to give rather than receive?
What I mean is do Christians in the United States enter into their corporate worship service anticipating what they may contribute to the whole service. Do we as believers desire to give to God in our worship?
There are many ways in which we give to God. Primarily, we serve and worship the Lord through our spiritual gifts. For example, the pastor uses his spiritual gift of teaching as he preaches. The music director uses his or her gift of exhortation in leading the congregation in singing. The treasurer uses his or her gift of administration by ensuring that church funds are handled with integrity and care.
In addition to spiritual gifts, believers may contribute in services by doing those things that all Christians are called to do. God commands His people to love and we can certainly love others by greeting them, lending a listening ear, or even a pat on the back. All Christians are called to give of our money so giving is another Biblical way in which we may serve the Lord in church services. I fail to mention all the ways by which we may give in church services but you get my point.
Do you enter into your church service only expecting to get something or do you plan to also give? I encourage you that the words of David in the verse above certainly apply to believers today. When we worship God, we need to be in the giving mode. I also submit that our worship should be costly.
We must not neglect to give time to worship with our church family. I know time is costly but God wants His people to gather regularly to worship together. It costs to use our spiritual gifts but God commands believers to serve each other through these abilities which He gives to us. It hurts, especially in this economy, to remove funds from our wallet and give but the Bible tells us to give something regularly. Worship is not a spectator sport, we all have a part and we all must give.
So the next time you enter into worship at your church, find a way to give. Please do not make the mistake of simply coming into the building and only receiving. Those who only receive do not receive as much of a blessing as those who give.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’"
- Acts 20:35 (NIV)
- Pastor Randy