Our Offerings to God
I have always thought of offerings as my way of thanking God for what He has done in my life. I don’t know why people resist giving when God tells them to do so. I guess it is because He usually asks us for something we don’t want to give up. A true offering is one that God asks us to give, and those are the ones that bring in the greatest harvests in our lives.
You see, God is actually not interested in money, but money represents our labor and ourselves here on this earth. It is a medium of exchange. We exchange the money for something we have gotten. When you receive answers and support from a ministry, the greatest compliment you can pay that ministry is not only in words but in your giving. Why? Because it represents your heart and your life.
God could have made it anything we give, which would represent our life, but he chose money. I think it is rather interesting to watch people when offering time comes in churches or at special meetings. Many people put in an insignificant amount or pass the bucket on. I have been just as guilty of that as most of you have. Now, I listen to the voice of the Lord. If He says to give a certain amount, I give it, because I have found that I cannot get ahead of God in my giving. He always outdoes me.
I will admit there have been times in my life when He has asked me to give something and I hesitated. Thank God, in the end, I was obedient, but there have been times—–! Thank God, I am becoming more pliable in the Master’s hands. Let me tell you about a couple of those times:
I was a widow for 18 years, depending on the Lord for everything I got. One time He asked me to give $1,000 in the offering. I looked toward the ceiling like I was looking at Him and said: “Do you see all these others around me who are more capable than I am of giving that?” His answer came swiftly. “I know that, but they won’t be obedient. I know you will.” You see, He knew that in 3 weeks I would need another car when mine “gave up the ghost.” I got a wonderful deal on a “new car.” Yes, it was a new car for the price of a used one.
I will give you one other example and then close. After I got married, I was able to buy all the clothes I wanted. I have a very generous husband who is a giver. Well, this missionary couple came to our church and the Lord told me to bring them to our house and open up my closet to her. She could have anything she wanted. Of course, you guessed it, she was my clothing size and shoe size. What are the chances of that happening! Only God!
I have to admit that I held my breath when she opened up the closet, but then this spirit of joy came on me when I realized that most missionaries usually get an old box of hand-me-down clothes from God’s people. How tragic! Interestingly enough—-I now have closets full. You see, God wants to give to us more than He wants us to give. But you see, there is this thing in God’s Kingdom. He has bound Himself to give to us in answer to our giving. So, rejoice in giving. It is fun. I know because I have given in lack and I have given in plenty. And I continue to give as God directs me.
If we have blessed you with this website, it would be our joy to receive your offering and hold it up before the Lord for Him to bless with 100-fold return on your giving. I learned this principle from an older pastor, whom I respected. He said: “Every penny you get, hold it to your heart and pray for that person, that God will meet whatever need they have when they give you an offering.” I have never forgotten that, and that is what we do every time we receive an offering.
May the blessings of the Lord rest upon all your finances.
At the present time we are not set up on line for giving, but you can send checks to:
Kialeen Potterton Ministries
P.O. Box 1718
Winchester, VA 22604
You will receive a receipt for your giving. We are a 501c3 ministry. All giving is tax-deductible.
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