Giving Offering of Thanks with Gladness
In this article, we’ll discuss about giving thanks for the blessing we received. I will be sharing few Bible verses, but I have to make a clarification ahead that I am not a preacher or a minister. I use the Bible as the foundation of my faith; and that’s all.
Here it is:
We are expected to give glory
If you are reading this, I assume you have faith that our life and everything we have are blessing from God. If so, does God expect us to be grateful? Should we give thanks to Him for these blessings? If you read the story, of the ten lepers whom the Lord Jesus Christ healed, only one returned to thank Him and gave glory to God.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?”
So you will note from this occasion that of the blessings we receive, Jesus is expecting us to give thanks and glory to God.
God made a deal
Although we are expected to give thanks, God even made a deal when he declared:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
Even though we are only fulfilling our duty and obligation to give gratitude, He even promised to give us more if we do so.
Note that before the era of Jesus Christ, the people of God are required to give the tenth part of all their blessings. During the era of Jesus Christ, it was required to give what one has decided in his heart to give, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7).
It was even advised that each one should set aside a portion of his earnings in every first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16: 1-2).
We can clearly see that in offering our gratitude, God wants that we should offer thanks according to the blessings he received, and should be a cheerful giver.
Following a principle you set for yourself
Although the 10% was not imposed during the era of Jesus Christ, that does not mean you cannot use it as a starting point to create your principles in offering your gratitude. If you have read about the 10,10,10 and 70 formula that I am following for my finances, the 10% from your earnings would be a good start to set aside for your offering of gratitude. Depending on your situation, you can go for 1, 1, 1 and 97 or whatever portion you would like.
If you set aside at once the 10% of all your earnings for your offering of gratitude, you are making priority. And since it’s already prepared and not yours to keep, you can follow easily the requirement for being a cheerful giver.
Teaching the kids early
This could be a powerful way to teach the kids while they are still young. It’s good to put it into practice while the amount is still small. From the small amount that they receive, by gift or by labor, teach them to set aside 10% from it for their offering of gratitude. If you were able to embed this principle to their young minds, it will be very easy for them to fulfill this duty. They will learn how give a dollar from the ten dollars they receive, and when they grow up, it will be easier for them to give a hundred thousand dollars if they are able to earn a million dollars. That’s because you were able to teach them the importance of giving gratitude.
God will do His part of the deal
Don’t forget, God is just. He will always do His part of the deal if we do our part. God can pour out the blessings that no room enough to store it.
Why not try? Let’s put our complete trust.