Love as Motive for Free Will Offering


John
3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” NIV From this
we learn that it was out of love that God gave his only begotten son. It can be
concluded that it was love that was the source of God’s indescribable gift. Therefore giving can be viewed as an
expression of love. We therefore give offerings as an expression of our love
and commitment to God.
This is critical because money is one of the
greatest rivals against God for man’s affections. When one gives an offering he
is acknowledging that he loves God more than money. It is an anti-dote against
greed. Matt 6:24 clearly teaches that one cannot love and serve both God and
money. My giving an offering is a clear
demonstration that money does not control me but rather I control it and direct
it for godly purposes. Giving an offering is therefore a declaration that God
has prior claim in my life above the claim of material wealth.
A generous
giver is rarely plagued by the love of money because the love of God has first
place.

My
giving a freewill offering is also a demonstration that my trust is not in
uncertain riches but in God. When wealth come sin it is very easy to turn one’s
trust to the wealth rather than depend on God. The Bible does warn rich people
to be careful.

1
Tim 6:17-19 “As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and
arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain
riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for
[our] enjoyment.  [Charge them] to do
good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal and generous of heart, ready to
share [with others], In this way laying up for themselves [the riches that
endure forever as] a good foundation for the future, so that they may grasp
that which is life indeed.” AMP

So
God gives us wealth so that we may enjoy but also so that we may do good, be
rich in good works and be generous. This a solution to the arrogancy of wealth.
So the free will offering prevents developing a sense of pride.

It is therefore clear that giving offerings is
multi-purpose: as an act of worship, to fund the church, as a seed for a
harvest, as an acknowledgement of our stewardship over resources and as an
expression of our love to God.

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