To the person that feels coerced to give of their time or their means, please understand that you are missing the key component of the purpose that God intended by this act of worship. Have you ever asked yourself, “just how significant is my contribution to the functioning of God’s kingdom?” Why does God, the Creator of the universe, need anything that I have to offer? Conversely, can I win Gods favor by giving a certain amount of time or money?
God spoke to Israel in the book of Psalms concerning this matter:
7: Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
8: I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
God is saying that Israel was giving what they were legally obligated to give as a matter of their offering. Even with that fact being established God said that there was a fault in what was taking place in this process. (This would stop the average person in their tracks. “God, if I’m giving the amount that you said that I should give, what is the problem?” In paraphrase God’s answer was; “You’re giving from a begrudging heart; you’re giving it but you don’t want to.”
14: Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
God wants our actions to glorify Him. He wants our love for Him to be the motivation for what we do. If our love for God was measured by our actions what message would our actions send God. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that our actions go unnoticed by God. Things large and small count in Gods eyes. Mt. 10: 42: And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
God wants our love to be the force that directs our steps in our daily lives; even the mundane acts of life should be weighed in relationship to a love that emanates from Him. The tendency of human nature is to qualify the love that comes from us. (Only loving those who deserve it.) The irony of that is that God loves us and we cannot name a reason why He should. The example that he places before us is the example that He expects us to follow.
What would you do if you found out that God has been waiting to bless you in a mighty way but He’s waiting on you to give a demonstration of your servant heart before He does? (Does God do that?) Find someone who gives themselves to God and ask them about the ways that God bless them. Could it be possible that you have been blocking your own blessings? Malachi 3: 10: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
This Church is a great Church. It has done many good things for a lot of souls. It has been blessed tremendously. I believe that God has blessed it so richly because it has not withheld its heart or it means from His service. I believe that there is much potential to do good remaining. I believe that there are many blessings yet to come. But I also believe that the depth and the breadth of those blessings will be received when we “get some from all instead of all from some.”