Did you know offerings are mentioned over 1,000 times in the Bible? I did not know that until recently.

The more I listen and the more I study, the more I find that offerings are a matter of the heart, not the checkbook or wallet. Many people get offended when you mention tithe or offerings because they perceive it as a money thing; but it is a heart matter.

We see this in the life of Cain and Abel. I believe from all I have studied that Cain saw the tradition of it, while Able saw the worship of it. Cain gave because it was what he had been taught to do, but even then he didn’t do it the way he was taught. He was taught to give God his best, however, he didn’t, nor did he give God his first. Abel on the other hand, worshipped God with his offering and he gave to him his first and his best.

I don’t know about you but if someone had in their mind to bake me a cake, I would rather they brought me the fresh baked cake, rather than wait until the end of the week, when everyone in the house had eaten a piece of it and said, ‘here I made this for you, here is what is left.’

Yet that is how we do God. Most likely, because in our heart we feel we are not giving to God, but we are giving to a church, a ministry, a mission project or whatever the offering is for…but if it is a true offering…we are giving to one place…GOD.

This is how we should view all our giving, as unto the Lord. We should see all offerings as unto the Lord, as a gift to God, not the person or ministry. It is God who receives our offerings and God who blesses them, right?

As I have studied this I can see why some offerings would not be accepted by God and that is what happened to Cain. Why wouldn’t they be accepted by God? Because of the heart in it. Is it a form of worship to you? Are you giving it unto the Lord?

Today I ran across a scripture in the Amplified Bible that I just loved and it spoke deeply to my heart concerning my giving.

Let each one give, thoughtfully and with purpose, just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver, and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift. 2 Corinthians 9:7

God delights in us when our heart is in our gift! When we are giving with our heart!

I love what King David said in 2 Samuel 24:24; I will not give to God an offering that cost me nothing.

For me personally, I want to give my offerings from my heart to His. I want to make sure it is a form of worship unto my God and I want to make sure it has cost me something, just like King David said. I love how 2 Samuel 24:24 translates in the Message Bible; ‘No. I’ve got to buy it from you for a good price; I’m not going to offer God, my God, sacrifices that are no sacrifice.’

If we could remember we are giving unto the Lord, it would make all the difference in the world.

The next time you make an offering to the Lord. Do it just that way. Make it to the Lord. Give it to the Lord. Give your best. Give your first and worship Him with it.

Take a moment and say, ‘God I worship You today with my offering, I refuse to give You something that will cost me nothing and I refuse to give You my left-overs, because You are my God, I give You my best today and my first and I worship You with it, I thank You for receiving my offering today.’

Let’s have a heart of worship toward God…even and especially when it comes to giving. After all, it’s a heart thing!

Prayer for Today: Father, I thank You for a heart of worship – I thank You that I have a heart of worship even in my giving. I purpose in my heart to always have my heart in my giving…thank You for delighting in me. For this I give You praise, in Jesus name. Amen.