TUESDAY August 21, 2018
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Paul concluded the book of 1 Corinthians by dealing with three main areas of ministry: stewardship, money and God given opportunities, given by God to each of us individually. The word stewardship means “house manager.” We are entrusted by God to manage everything He has given to us. In the call to ministry, we tend to forget that it is not our ministry; it is God’s ministry.
Christians need to be good stewards of everything that is given to them by the Lord. They need to value His resources and use them with diligence. Understand, these things were given to us by the Lord; we are to never take advantage and selfishly use what God has given to us.
Paul shared with the Corinthian church about the collection to be taken for those in Jerusalem who were poor––those who were really struggling and had no money––nothing. Notice how Paul wanted to be blameless; he stayed clear of handling the money. He let the Christians in Corinth know of the financial needs in Jerusalem; he laid it on their hearts to give and collect the offering.
Understand, the Jews would worship from Friday sundown until Saturday sundown the next day. Once Jesus died on the cross and resurrected, the Church started to worship on Sunday, not on Saturday. Sunday is the first day of the week. Notice, Paul did not talk so much about the amount to be given, but the heart of giving. I believe you need to give your best to the Lord. You can never out-give God. Remember, it is more blessed to give than to receive. How can God be honored with your finances?
The world asks what does a man own?
Christ asks, how does he use it?
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