One of the goals I set for this blog was to give an opportunity and attention to those new to teaching and preaching, where they can present the truths they find during their study of scripture. Presenting biblical truth like anything else takes practice. Those new to this role must find their voice, volume, rhythm and cadence in those few golden opportunities in the infancy of their ministry. I find writing to be a great medium through which ministers can gain experience even though there are no formal settings for presentation. I believe if you can write clearly you can present clearly. With that being said enjoy the following writing from someone who is becoming a close friend to me, Nathan McKelvey.
As I was thinking about tithes and offering I thought about my three boys, and how they love asking me for stuff. They love asking me for toys and McDonald’s. They don’t know whether I have toy or McDonald money but they still ask. They have faith in that “there is more where that came from.” They have faith that if I had it then, I’ll have it again.
I used to have this same faith at one time, but doubt and fear entered me. One time it came slower than it first had for me. Another time it came harder than the last time. Or even another time it didn’t come at all.
We need to give to God with the same faith that our kids ask us for things. Having faith that “there is more where that came from.”
Psalm 24:1-5 says,
1The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior
This passage says everything in the world belongs to God. But sometimes we restrict God from getting more to us by clinching our hands on what we currently have. We are not acting in faith that there is more where our last blessing came from. Another thing this passage says is that like me God loves to give to his children when they are behaving like His children.