By Tim Taylor November 23, 2022 - I shared this thought on social media and received such great feedback that I wanted to share it with you. For context let me start with the scripture that inspired this thought.
Ezekiel 44:30 says... "also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house." NKJV
Why do we give the best, the first to the LORD? The primary purpose is worship! Why? Because it is a sign of covenant and it causes a blessing to rest on your home.
What you don’t see in this scripture is what precedes it. What preceded it? God was addressing the priests, the Levites who recieved and handled the offering. They were corrected severely. What’s my point? It reminded me of our Leadership Summit a couple of months ago.
In our Leadership Summit for 2022 I issued an apostolic decree. The first one I ever did for our ministers. I charged them that for everyone who ministered, served at an altar, a ministry or church where people gave. They were responsible to make sure that altar was pure and holy. No manipulation, no habitual sin, no poor stewardship of resources. Their first responsibility was to follow Jesus’ example in Hebrews 7 and ….. worship with people’s tithes/offerings/firstfruits.
That’s the primary purpose of giving. It is worship. That gift to God is a sign of their trust in His covenant. It is the responsibility of the minister who receives that upon behalf of our LORD to also worship with it and then intercede (Hebrews 7:25) for the giver and their family and pronounce a blessing upon them.