Yesterday, my wife Cindy and I went to the Museum of the Bible with some of the other folks here at River of Life Church. I was most impressed by the ancient scrolls some dating back to 1200 AD and some artifacts dating back to years before Christ. The antiquity of these relics and God’s preservation of them, especially His Word, is truly astounding.
On the ride back, we watched the movie “God’s Not Dead” Part 1.
One of the lines that struck me comes from Matthew 10:32
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.”
One of the ways we do that is through our giving of tithes and offerings. We see an example of this as Abraham returned from battle. Abraham was not a warrior. He was a shepherd. He knew he did not win the battle, but the Lord used him to overtake the enemy and bring the spoils home. During his return, he meets Melchizedek, King of Salem and Priest of the Most High God. Here is what the Bible says.
Hebrews 7: 1-3 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
God uses us to do His Will in the earth. It is not our talents that win the battles or shares the good news. Although He gives us our talents and skills, it is God working in us and through us that brings about His Will. He gives us the ability to earn money and works through us to produce for our employers. We need to acknowledge that through our giving. As we give our tithes and offerings, think about your skills, talents and abilities. They are God-given gifts. Acknowledge them as such and His working through you.
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