"May He remember all your offerings,
and accept your burnt sacrifice.
Selah" ~Psalm 20:3
Primarily, “Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,” ~1 Timothy 6:18. How we treat others, is of most importance. This one of the primary principles lived out by Jesus as an example for us to follow.
Next, “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’” ~Malachi 3:10. Giving in the church is a representation of our giving to God. There is nothing we can actually give to God, nor does God actually need anything from us. What we give specifically to the place of worship is how we figuratively give back to God a portion of what He has given to us.
Then, “Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak.’” ~Acts 20:34-35(a). Helping others, especially the weak and needy is often a sacrifice; but, when it is done, and with a pure heart, we fulfill a commandment of God, act as a representative for God in caring for those who need Him most, and store up a blessing for ourselves. Which leads to my last point...
Finally, “And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~Acts 20:35(b); “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.” ~Luke 6:38; “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” ~2 Corinthians 9:6; and, “God loves a cheerful giver.” ~2 Corinthians 9:7(b). When we give and sacrifice for God and others, it ALWAYS boils down to us. Everything always comes back to us…eventually. The Lord never forgets true offerings and sacrifices!
Victorious In His name,