How Much Do You Keep For Yourself?

How Much Do You Keep For Yourself?

Preacher Huijun - 30 June 2018

How much do you keep for yourself?

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Scripture References: Matthew 12:41-44

From Series: "All English Service"

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How much do you keep for yourself?

Many people worry or struggle because of money. It is not that God is after our money, yet we cannot deny that money is tied to our hearts. When we do not restore using money for God, our hearts will always be accused and we will find ourselves being bound by earthly things. Yet, when we restore the right view and use of money, our hearts can be set free and we will truly enjoy the abundance in Christ. When it comes to giving to God, it is not that we offer in order to gain more blessings, but we are first blessed by God, thus we are able to offer a portion of what He has given us. God cares not so much about the money or gifts we bring Him, than us committing our lives fully to Him.

Verses to read: 

<Mk 12:41-44>

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.

42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

 


 

1. It is not about how much we give, but how much we keep.

2. Some very important concepts about offering: 

1) NOT: We will be blessed only when we offer;

RATHER: We are already blessed, thus we can offer.

2) Do not struggle to offer more, but realise that our everything already belonged to God, so offer everything.

3) It is not about the “money/goods”, but “our lives”.

4) Even if lack the “heart” to offer, let the truth guide us into offering.

5) God is not unreasonable in asking us to give up everything to follow Him.

 

Reflection:

  1. After hearing today’s message, do you realise any misconception(s) you have regarding offering? What are some perspectives God wants you to correct?
  2. Evaluate your commitment to God, is it like the widow’s or is it a nominal and token commitment? Are we keeping too much for ourselves (money, gifts, time, etc)? Are there any areas in which God is prompting you into more commitment?
Preacher Huijun Lin
huijun1910@yahoo.com.sg

Huijun serves as Secretary of The Blessed RUN Ministries. She is also the Preacher at The Life Church and Missions (Singapore). She graduated from Singapore Bible College and currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Chengji.

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