Day Four: My Offering
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”—Proverbs 25:11
“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”—Ephesians 5:19
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…”–Romans 12:6a
It was Sunday morning, and I watched the kids scramble to finish their game in time. After everyone had settled into their seats, the teacher shared her lesson with enthusiasm while involving the elementary school children in what she was saying. For Scripture memory time, the older kids helped the younger kids so that everyone could complete the task: String words together to form the memory verse—without looking! Halfway through the puzzle scramble, a tiny boy jumped up and down and shouted, “Renewed strength!” He was so exuberant, and full of joy that he made my heart smile. After the kids worked together to get all the words in the right place, they read their memory verse together:
31 But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.
–Isaiah 40:31 (NET) Bible Gateway.com
As this verse settled with me, I heard the teacher call out to the class,
“Line up for offering!” Old and young alike scrambled to step on the construction paper footprints taped to the floor until everyone had a place. “Ok!” she stepped to the front of the group. “Some of you brought money for an offering today, and some of you didn’t—and that’s ok! You see, if your parents have a job and they give money in church for a tithe—that’s their offering.”
Pointing to a small child, she asked playfully, “Do you have a job?” He shook his head and smiled. She grinned along with him, “No? So what is your offering?” Scanning the room, the teacher lovingly addressed every child. “Your offering, is what you give to God.”
Hand on my heart, I thank God that I was in Kids Worship that day. What a blessing it was to this mama, hearing her describe to each child how to give an offering to the Lord. Waking up five minutes early to read the Bible and pray, she charged the elementary school students, is an offering that we can give to God no matter what age we are. Isn’t that a blessing?
Let’s take the joyful attitude of this leader and look to God for what we can offer Him this week and in the coming weeks of service. Is it prayer every day for this mission team? Maybe several times each day? Is your offering a regular time of Bible reading each morning or night? Maybe your offering is the song of praise that you sing in the midst of your daily work at home, your commute to the job site, or when tucking in your kids at night? How can you use your gifts to serve Him this week? Pray and ask God what your offering is, and I promise that He will give you renewed strength as you wait on Him.
“Dear Lord, I pray that You would prepare my heart to serve. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I delight in Your Word, and Your perfect love casts out fear. Put me in place to be part of Your perfect plan. May I give an offering with the words I speak, the song I sing,…”