TOPIC: MONEY (OFFERING) IN THE CHURCH
"Make an altar of acacia wood for burning incense. It is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high —its horns of one piece with it. Overlay the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and make a gold molding around it. Make two gold rings for the altar below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it. Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Put the altar in front of the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law—before the atonement cover that is over the tablets of the covenant law—where I will meet with you. "Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps. He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come. Do not offer on this altar any other incense or any burnt offering or grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it. Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering for the generations to come. It is most holy to the Lord.
Then the Lord said to Moses, "When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them. Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the Lord. All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord. The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the Lord to atone for your lives. Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the Lord, making atonement for your lives.”
God is everywhere because He is not limited by any geographical location. It is not bad to meet the Lord in your home but He has also set times and days through His servants at which Christians could meet the Lord. That is why every Christian who never wants to join any local church is deceiving him/herself. Some people are confused why Christians say church money is for God because such money never gone to heaven but use on this earth. It is true that offerings in church are used on earth yet they are for God. God said that, "Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting”.
The church is like any other institution run by laws and regulations and money. So the offerings are used for the services of the church and its administration.
Prayer:-pray receiving blessings anytime you go before God especially in church
pray that God will give you money so that you can also send your offering to God.
What to meditate on:
What is an offering to God and do you have problem about how your church use the offering, why (make sure your thought is in line with the scriptures)?