Dear church,

The twelve tribes received the blessing of God by remembering their place in his kingdom and giving themselves freely to Him. “The Lord bless you and keep you …” The famous blessing was followed immediately by the steady stream of gifts to God – “the chiefs of Israel … approached and brought their offerings before the Lord.”

God is not so harsh with us that he expects us to move blindly toward him. Our acts of faith are in response the revelation of God’s blessings toward all of sinful humanity. Everyone has been blessed – “for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good” (Matthew 5:45) – and all are equally obligated to respond. 

And a Christian will respond. “At the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:8). Once we receive the blessing, we step forward with our gifts. No one is exempt. All have benefited from the body and the blood. The worship of the church emerges from everyone who calls himself or herself a Christian. 

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Sometimes we might be tempted to sit back and let others do the serving and the giving. We might think our offering isn’t worth all that much. But all are obligated equally, if they are indeed children of God, to give of their lives to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:12).

We must respond to the blessing given to us by Jesus Christ. Our offerings may look different from one another, but none of us is exempt from taking up our crosses and following.

Chris

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