Giving – An Act Of Worship
Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People 👨👨👧👦
📖 Genesis 28 : 16-22 GIVING – AN ACT OF WORSHIP
In order to escape Esau’s anger , Jacob probably did not take anything from his father’s home , except his father’s blessing with him ( “.. he had his staff only ✒️ Gen 32:10 ) . The possibility of abundant blessings must have seemed very remote to him at that stage of his life as he made his lonely way across the wilderness , remote from the home comforts he had enjoyed so much. Yet the irony of his journey reveals that God was with Jacob.
📌 The patriarch Jacob experiences God’s presence in a dream , and not knowing what else to do , he sets up a stone and pours oil over the top of it . In the patriarchal period people , who had been touched by the goodness of God , wanted to worship God by taking something that belonged to them and giving it to God in the only way they knew how.
💫 Psalmist says, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness ” 29:2 So worshiping the Lord is a mandatory for the children of God . Our giving to the Lord is also a worship.
We may spend a lifetime trying to find better ways of fulfilling God’s expectations but our principal concern in giving should not be :
WHERE TO GIVE ❌
HOW TO GIVE ❌
HOW MUCH TO GIVE ❌
First let us focus on WHY TO GIVE ✅
If we give with hearts full of devotion for God who loves us , then the questions of where , how and how much will work themselves out in time .
💕 Beloved, when we GIVE cheerfully as an act of WORSHIP, the very act of giving moves us to lose interest in ourselves and to devote ourselves to God .
🛐 Lord, search our hearts .. Show us any attitudes , thoughts , emotions or motives that need to change so that we may worship you in truth and in love
Glory to God 🙏
✍🏽 Mark Boje, ArP🌄