Put Away Your Wallets

If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. (Matthew 5:23-24 NASB)

I don’t know how they do the offering or collection in your church. In mine we usually ask the Lord to receive our gifts and then the ushers come forward and music plays. Sometimes a soloist sings, other times we worship, and sometimes a video plays.

Imagine for a moment that the Pastor stood up just as you were about to toss your envelope with your tidy tax deduction into the basket and said:

WAIT – STOP – HOLD EVERYTHING!

Nobody puts another penny in that basket until we fix what happened at the business meeting last week.

The Church will not accept another offering until reconciliation is obvious. End the factions or end the finances! You pick, but I can no longer allow you to pretend to give to God, when you can’t forgive your brothers and sisters.

That might shake it up a bit – you think?

God is more interested in your relationship with your brothers and sisters, than He is with your money. [Tweet This]

Thanks for stopping by today.

Ben

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Offering plate photo credit: k.landerholm via photo pin cc

0 thoughts on “Put Away Your Wallets

  1. Tahlitha Chadwick

    A wonderful way to see the heart of Christ. He took my sin and offered his self for all of it. If we're unable to make up (mend a relationship) with a loved one, a friend, co-worker, church member, what are we really giving to God at the time of offering? A relationship unresolved and unforgiven has a way of following us into God's house...and our pockets. A cheerful giver gives away more than just money.

    Thanks Ben.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Good point. How can we even think we have the ability to love and relate to God when we can't manage it in our families and churches. I do get that sometimes reconciliation takes two and we cannot control others, but we must do our part - as Christ did His to reconcile to us.

      Sorry - i am rambling. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

      Ben

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      1. Tahlitha Chadwick

        Speaking as a wife who continues to grow in God's grace, our hearts only have one problem, us. I trust that God wants mended hearts more than bruised egos.

        You're very welcome Ben, I enjoyed your article, indeed worth reading. Have a wonderful day.

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  2. Greisy

    This is wonderful! You have painted a very realistic picture of giving - who are we trying to fool? In giving, as in all else, outward appearances do not necessarily convey our inner condition. Thanks.

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