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Giving God Honor In Offerings is a sermon lesson about honoring God by supporting His ministry. In this sermon lesson, we'll cover giving in a balanced and truly Biblical way. 

Giving God Honor In Offerings

Harmony Of The Gospels Series-27, Lk 10:2-7

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He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. "When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages."

When the foundation of  E-Home Fellowship (EHF) online ministries was being laid, I felt the Lord wanted His Word to be the dominant teaching source. So we set out to teach through the Bible at One of the questions I was asked was, how are you going to teach people about giving? I said, "When the Bible mentions it, I'll teach about it."  In the early years, I was asking God, "Why aren't the people supporting our ministry?" I felt as if He had said, "You don't have because you don't ask." A little later, I was doing the questions for this week's teaching in Luke 10 and what is one of the subjects? Giving. I still don't want to talk about it!

That's because there is no subject in the Bible that has been more abused than money. I can openly and honestly talk about love, hate, sin, abuse of power or anything. But when it comes to money, I get uncomfortable. I never want to seem like a televangelist selling God's prayer answers or one of those bad commercials, like the one that shows all these pictures of dirty, crying children and then says, "Just 73 cents a day can save these poor little ones." Despite all the frauds of the past, giving is part of God's plan. If I back down from giving you an opportunity to give, I'm keeping you from participating in God's plan for you. Please forgive me! In our study, today, Jesus is setting a healthy pattern for full-time Spiritual harvest workers. Here's the pattern: Those who benefit from Spiritual work compensate the workers, to the blessing of both.

In God's plan, Spiritual workers receive material rewards.

1. The Source: We all get paid by God, no matter who signs our paycheck. All of us who know the Lord come to the understanding that He owns it all. One of the lessons I skipped was the one where Jesus held up a coin with Caesar's face on it and said, "Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's and to God that which is God's." I always thought that was funny because even Caesar belongs to God. When you have a child, that child will always be yours. Even if the government takes it away and you never see it again. In the same way, we all belong to God. Also, the Bible teaches that everything we have comes from God; our health, our spouse, our children, even our income. If you've ever heard someone say 'you can't out-give' God, you've heard the truth. I'm always comforted by the fact that it all comes from God.

2. The Servant: God calls some to do Spiritual work. In our Study, Jesus picked 72 people to go out and be "harvest" workers, full-time. He even told them to pray for more harvest workers. These were followers of God who gave up their careers to become full-time servants. It's kinda funny, today. I know of pastors who have told the church hiring them, "I believe God called me to serve your congregation, but I'm not coming unless you pay me $100,000 per year." When Jesus called these 72, they came without a 401k and a health package, without paid vacations or even a set salary. They came out of faith in God that He would provide everything they needed. They counted on Jesus, who said, "A workman is worth his wages." At this point in His ministry, Jesus had lived in total dependence on the Father's providence for over 2 years. All His needs were met.

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