Jesus once helped a woman who had been held captive 12 years by a health problem that had made her ritually unclean. How important was this problem to her? She had spent all her money seeking a cure (Mark 5:25-29). It was worth everything she had. Women didn’t ordinarily touch rabbis, but she reached out and touched Jesus — and Jesus gave her freedom. It cost her nothing, but it was worth everything!
References to: offerings
God’s old covenant people had to give at least 10 percent of their income, plus offerings on other occasions. In contrast, the new covenant does not specify a certain percentage. However, the underlying principle is still valid: Humans ought to honor God by returning some of the blessings he gives them. Here are three reasons: 1) God blesses those who give. 2) God commands his people to give. 3) The church needs money to serve the members.
Part 1: Our Lives Are Not Our Own
The New Testament, although emphasizing grace, has hundreds of commands. These are not requirements for salvation, but rather describe the results of salvation—results of God’s grace and his Spirit working within us. The new covenant makes comprehensive demands on us—not just outward conduct, but our hearts and minds.
Are offerings in church an unpleasant mixing of the spiritual and the secular? Perhaps sometimes they have been — but they don’t need to be. An offering should be an act of worship to God, motivated by a heart that pleases God.
In Paul’s second letter to the believers in Corinth, he gave an excellent illustration of how the wonderful gift of joy touches the lives of believers in practical ways. “And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches” (2 Corinthians 8:1).
Paul wasn’t just giving a news report—he wanted the Corinthian believers to respond to God’s grace in a similar way as the church in Macedonia had. He wanted to describe for them a right and fruitful response to God’s generosity.