Don’t let the Offering bucket pass you by!

Don't let the Offering bucket pass you by! georgeiswrite
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Its 2018 and a New Year! So why not talk about the first offering that was ever recorded in the Bible? Today, I wish to bring your attention to one aspect of the Offering that was given by Cain and Abel.

“Time passed. Cain brought an offering to GOD from the produce of his farm. Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat. GOD liked Abel and his offering, but Cain and his offering didn’t get his approval. Cain lost his temper and went into a sulk.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭4:3-5‬ ‭MSG‬‬

We often treat Offering time in the church as a mundane routine and doing a favour for the church.

But to God it mean’s more than that. We often focus our attention on the amount and whether the church deserve your $10 in your wallet. This is a sad and a real truth and I am guilty of this very attitude. Cain and Abel put all they have into their farming and livestock, yet God was only pleased with Abel. Cain had to plow, seed, water, harvest, refine and much more but God did not respect Cain’s offering. As I was meditating recently on the above verse, God brought my attention to a line that showed the attention that Abel put in his giving. It says “…Abel also brought an offering, but from the firstborn animals of his herd, choice cuts of meat….”. Not only did he offer the firstborn animals, he also put aside the choice cuts of meat. I imagine myself going to the butchery and spending hours inspecting and looking for the best cut of meat with the perfect marbeling. What I am saying here is, Abel’s preparation in his offering took time and was a deliberate rather than checking and fulfilling a part of his religious duties. God is not interested in your spare change, He is only interested in your heart.

As the book of Genesis doesn’t offer much into why God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice, the book of Hebrews offers us the answer;

“By an act of faith, Abel brought abetter sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:4‬ ‭MSG‬

It was Abel’s act of faith coupled with his giving that pleased God. Abel was believing for something during the Offering.
As we enter this 2018, lets not treat this New Year as another day. You might be even thinking, “I’ve seen this before. Don’t we go through this cycle every year?!”.

And that’s the folly that Cain make. He made an ordinary offering believing for nothing because he believed like the rest of the world that he makes his own luck with hard work.

Like Abel, let us not treat offering like another religious duty instead let us believe by faith that He is going to give us the breakthrough. 2018 is no ordinary year. I believe it is going to be a year if breakthroughs and fulfilling of the promises in our lives.
So the next time, when the offering bucket passes by remember, it is an opportunity for you to partner with God.

Are Christians living a life of Purpose?

Are your living your Purpose by George Kuruvilla
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We often think Purpose in life is this overarching theme of your life. Themes like eradicating poverty, sending man to the moon or even make it big in the field music or in entertainment. Though these are true and the most noblest of desires but very often this isn’t how God operates.

Let me be honest I get frustrated with life and work from time to time. Occasional frustrations are understandable but what If you are living in this state of torment every single day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! There is only one reason and its simple, you are living someone else vision.

Out of the billions in the world God still wanted you to be born. I often wonder why would He do that?

Doesn’t He have around 7 billion of mankind who can accomplish His vision? Or is there something that He needs to be fulfilled in this world that only you can accomplish? I believe the latter to be so true. There are so many things in this world built by icons like Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela but why are there only a few while the rest of the world end up being sidelined and being a part of the crowd?

God’s common grace is at work whether you are a Christian or not. People with singular focus achieve great things but with God you will not only do great things, you will also leave a legacy. A daily walk with God is key to knowing the purpose and goal for the day. When God made the heavens and the earth, each day He had a plan and a purpose. Though He could’ve easily done all of it simultaneously but God didn’t. Each day is a new day and for that new day, He had a brand new plan and this went on for every single day. The same is true for you daily.

Today, we live day in and day out mindlessly from brushing our teeth to going to work and back, I am guilty of it from time to time. But imagine this, you wake up in the morning and spend 30 minutes meditating and asking this one question, “Lord, what is your purpose and what do you want me to accomplish today?”. That one question alone will change the way you see your life. God answers those prayers and when He does, you are on to an adventure. You will see your environment change, favor from coworkers, open doors…etc. Even when you think nothing is happening, you can sense in your spirit something is brewing.

Purpose is not a single endeavour, its a daily assignment. Let’s assume, your calling in life is to solve world hunger. If that was your purpose, where would you begin? What would be your strategy, first steps, direction…etc? Before you know it, it would overwhelm you and you’d give up and miss out on the plan and destiny that God has for you. Every great endeavour started small because they had a daily commuion with God. They started cooking for people in need in their neighbourhood or started a small prayer group. There is great power in small beginnings. So don’t despise your small beginnings. I have a saying I’d rather have nothing and be at the center of His Will than have everything. I believe this to be true for any Christian.

You are here on this Earth on an assignment, why not spend some time with God in the Word and in prayer, 30 minutes of your morning daily isn’t much but it will be of profound impact. Like I said in my previous post, you are no mere mortal, you are powerful and let us finish this year right.