Across the Preacher’s Desk: An Offering or Collection?

September 14, 2023 - As the story goes, the family had come home from church and little Bobby followed his mother into the kitchen. She took the fried chicken out of the oven she had cooked before church and put it on a platter. She left to go into the other room and when she came back Bobby had a drumstick and thigh on a plate and was headed out the door. When questioned, he pleaded with his mother that he wanted the drumstick and thigh to feed his dog. Mother informed him in a not so gentle manner that the fried chicken was for the family dinner.

After dinner, Bobby collected the bones from the table and took them outside and explained, “Well, Rover, I really wanted to bring you an offering today, but it turned out to be just another collection.

That story has been around a long time. It has been used on numerous occasions to emphasize the importance of proper stewardship of our material possessions. However, that story is just as applicable to stewardship of other things God has entrusted to our care.

How about our time? What kind of offering does God receive of the time he has given us? Do we really love the Lord and love His church when we cannot find the time to serve Him? How much time do we devote to the study of God’s word and to prayer? How much time do we devote to telling others about our Savior, Jesus Christ? Did you find time to worship him last Lord’s Day? Will you find time to worship Him this coming Lord’s Day?

It’s something to think about... tbp

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