Scripture reading for September 15th: 1st Corinthians 16
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 16:1-4 “Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that the will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those who you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.”
Paul gave the Corinthians instructions about receiving an offering. Giving in the church should be methodical, not just when we feel like it. The first day of the week was Sunday, the day the church gathered to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and as part of the worship gathering, offerings should be received. Each person should give according to how they had prospered. It was to be proportional according to the means and amount each had received. Paul did not want to put pressure on them when he came to give as they were to have already received the offering. He even announced his travel plans and possible need of help from them later that year. And there was to be accountability that the offering was properly handled and distributed for the intended purpose. These instructions would make giving a joyful practice and highest integrity would be maintained and God’s work would be financed!
1st Corinthians 16:5-6 “I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go.”
Faith Confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for the privilege of giving to promote Your work and workers. As a pastor, help me to never pressure or manipulate people to give and to handle all offerings with the highest integrity and a level of accountability that is above reproach. Bless Your people as they willingly support Your work with seed for the sower and bread for the eater.
2nd Corinthians 9:10-11 “He Who supplies seed for the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”