101 things to say before the offering (36)
fossores, 8 years ago 0 1 min read 1234
In the gospels, Jesus is put on the spot to pay the temple tax. He doesn’t try to get out of it. Instead, he instructs Peter to go fishing, and he pulls a coin out of the mouth of a fish with which to pay the tax (Matthew 17.24-27).
By paying the temple tax, Jesus demonstrated to his followers the importance of giving, and also the importance of trusting God to supply that which we will give. Jesus first decided to give, then trusted God to supply. We must do the same. Even the King of Kings gave out of obedience. And he expects us to follow his lead.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3.5
Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, MI. The church, widely considered among the most innovative in America, has been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David weaves deep theological truths with sharp social analysis and peculiar observations on pop culture. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. Follow him on twitter (@fossores) or online at fossores.com
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